Ashford and Chalfont produced a fairly uneventful, yet enjoyable match, on Saturday with most agreeing that a draw, one apiece, was a fair result.

Ashford started well but the match evened out and it was the visitors who took a 1st half lead through Aaron McLeish.  Ashford did not really deserve to be behind and pressed hard in the second period but it was starting to look like one of those days, until Pietro Palladino did superbly well to reach a long ball, not only preventing it going over for a goal kick but having the vision to square it back to the lively Samad Kazi who smashed it home with aplomb.

One hoped that Ashford might then go on to notch all three points but if anything it was Chalfont who had the clearer chances in the final minutes.  Overall though a point apiece was about right in a match generally well refereed by veteran Jim Paterson who first refereed Ashford in August 1990 in the CCL against Cobham, that also ending a draw (2-2).  We gave him 9 out of 10 that day!

Full report available soon from Sam Petherick.

The Suburban League side, weather permitting, have a home match on Monday evening against Molesey Res, in the Suburban Challenge Shield, kick-off 7.45 p.m.  Manager Mick Snowden is now in Australia for several weeks, and with Bob Barnes having left the Club, Simon Brand is in charge for the foreseeable future.  There is also a fixture change for the Suburban side next Saturday:  instead of travelling to Royston in the League, they will going in the opposite direction to Chichester City in the Challenge Shield.

The 1st Team are due to travel to Fleet on Tuesday, and more of that in due course, but with the same referee who called the first match off, having spotted a puddle, in charge again, the chances of it being on must be somewhat doubtful.  We will bring further news when we get it.