WealdstoneIt’s another busy week for Ashford with three midweek matches of one kind or another.

The 1st Team travel to meet Wealdstone on Tuesday in the 2nd Round of the Middlesex Senior Cup.  The winners will have a home tie in the quarter finals against either Hendon or North Greenford United.

Although Ashford will be clear underdogs for this game, with Wealdstone sitting high in the Premier Division of the Ryman League, they have reasonably fond memories of their last two visits to the Grosvenor Vale ground, the most recent being the astonishing Middlesex Charity Cup Final against Northwood in which we were three down, only for Kofi Lockhart-Adams to score four in the second half.  Northwood scored the final goal to make it four apiece at the end only for Ashford to triumph on penalties.

In the same competition, back in September 2011, a solitary goal from Mark Bitmead ensured a win over Wealdstone.

Kick-off tomorrow is 7.45 and the address of the ground is Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip, HA4 6JQ.

On Wednesday due to fixture congestion, Ashford have another nominal 1st Team match when they entertain Cove FC in the 2nd Round of the Aldershot Senior Cup, although unavoidably it will be a mixed team that takes the field.  Cove are another club enjoying a decent season and currently sit in fourth place in the Combined Counties table.  Kick-off is 7.45 pm at Short Lane and reduced entry prices will apply.  The winners have an away tie at Badshot Lea in the next round, which, were it to be us, would be a repeat of last season’s final.

The final match of the week is on Thursday and sees the Under-18’s in action at Northwood, in a Ryman League youth match.  Having been out of action for a couple of weeks or so, Mark Hughes’ team will be keen to build upon their recent 7-1 win over Bedfont Sports and also to take revenge over Northwood following a recent defeat there in the Lucas-Fettes Cup.

The annual dinner and dance has been fixed for Friday 24 May at Laleham Golf Club once again so everyone associated with the Club has plenty of time to save up and indeed to keep the date free.  It was a superb occasion last season and it is anticipated there will be some form of cabaret this time as well.  More details to follow in due course.

Lastly we end upon some very sad news.  Long time supporter and helper Pete West died suddenly over the weekend.  Pete was always willing to assist with any electrical problem at the Club and was a keen supporter of both ourselves and Staines Lammas and indeed was at the match against Daventry on Saturday.  We don’t have any further details as yet but our deepest sympathies go to Pete’s family at this sad loss.