Staines TownAnother busy week looms for Ashford with all three teams in action.

This evening, Monday, the Under-18’s trek over to Wheatsheaf Park, to take on Staines Town in the 3rd and final qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup.  The two teams have already served up an incredibly exciting league match back at Ashford which saw a final score of three apiece.  Ashford are aware that Staines are always strong at this level but having defeated another very competent youth side in Hayes & Yeading in an earlier round, hopes will be  high that Ashford can reach the 1st Round Proper for the first time ever.

That draw has already been made and either Staines or Ashford will find themselves entertaining one of Needham Market, from Suffolk, or Wroxham, from Norfolk, in the 1st Round Proper.  It is too early to be talking about that, of course, suffice to say that whilst there may be some disappointment that tonight’s winners will not be facing a Football League team, and without knowing the first thing about either of the two East Anglian sides (who may both be very good indeed!) it could be a further step towards the 3rd Round Proper, when all the Premier teams come in.  Best not get ahead of ourselves though.

It would certainly be nice to see some support for the lads this evening though.

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, sees the 1st Team in action in the 1st Round of the Red-Insure League Cup, down the road at Burnham.  The League has introduced a new rule this season to ensure that clubs do not put out a “shadow” side in a competition that generally does not stir the imagination at least until the latter stages, of course.  All clubs now must start with at least seven of the players who have started either of the last two 1st Team matches.  It hardly matters with us as under the present regime, Ashford always take all competitions seriously anyway and we will need to be strong against a Burnham side enjoying a generally excellent run at the moment, which includes a 3-2 win back at Short Lane a few weeks ago. 

Ashford though, buoyed by Saturday’s excellent win over one of the top teams in the League, Biggleswade Town, will be keen to do well, whilst Burnham will not want a repeat of their game against Thatcham Town on Saturday which saw them having two sent off.  They still managed a point though.

The address of the ground is Burnham Football Club, Wymers Wood Road, Burnham, Bucks SL1 8JG

Directions from Burnham’s web site are:   from junction 7 of the M4 you need to take a left turn at the roundabout onto the A4 signposted Maidenhead. You go straight through a set of traffic lights and when you reach a roundabout with a Sainsbury’s Superstore on your left you turn right into Lent Rise Road. Follow this road through the traffic lights, under the railway bridge (height limit 13’3’’), over the double mini roundabouts passing the petrol station on your right, past the BRICKMAKERS ARMS on the right, past THE PHEASANT on your left, straight through the double roundabouts and then fork right into Wymers Wood Road. Look for the sign PINES HOTEL. The entrance to the ground is 50 yards on the right after turning into Wymers Wood Road.

To complete a busy week, Mick Snowden’s Suburban League side, who hammered Hartley Wintney on Saturday by six goals to nil, will entertain Cobham Reserves in the Suburban League Cup and will start with an advantage, having won the 1st leg at Cobham by a solitary goal a few weeks ago.

The Youth Cup match tonight kicks off at 7.30 p.m. whilst the other two start at 7.45 p.m.

Also, we would urge all our supporters to come down to the Club on Wednesday evening, at 7.00 p.m., when we will be making a big announcement, which will have a profound impact upon the future of the Club and it would be good to share it with as many supporters and players from all our teams as possible.