AFC WimbledonAshford make the short journey to Kingsmeadow this evening to play AFC Wimbledon in the 2nd Round of the Surrey Senior Cup.  The winners will be at home to Horley Town in the next round.

AFC Wimbledon have indicated that a number of senior players will play and on our part we send our best wishes to Wimbledon’s Jason Prior who is due to start the match after being out for eight matches having suffered a double leg break soon after joining the club.

Ashford have nothing to lose whatsoever and will go into the match in good heart on the back of four unbeaten matches and with memories of having won the Surrey Senior Cup Final against Woking just three seasons ago, when Ricky Wellard was the star of the show for us.

Ashford never managed to beat Wimbledon when both clubs were in the Ryman League although the majority of defeats were only by the odd goal.  The best performance actually came in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Cup in September 2005 when a late equaliser from Neil Breslin ensured a draw and a replay at Short Lane which we lost by two goals to nil.

Apart from Ricky Wellard, other ex-Ashford players have also played for Wimbledon, including Brett Johnson, Andy Frost and Richard Butler, and of their current squad, Byron Harrison played 108 games for us, scoring 53 goals, before going on to greater things.

Kick-off is 7.45 pm and AFC have announced that entry to the match will be just £5.

In the only other match this week, the Under-18’s suffered a poor defeat on Monday evening against Camberley Town, losing by four goals to nil.  The result was a surprise after the 6-1 beating of Potters Bar Town the previous week.  We have some excellent players in our current crop of Under-18’s but a few need to get a bit tougher in the face of physical opposition.

Finally, another reminder that we have the Christmas Social on Thursday evening at the Club when anyone and everyone with an affiliation to the club is invited to attend.