Rayners Lane FCPLEASE NOTE THAT RAYNERS LANE'S PITCH IS STILL WATERLOGGED – AS A RESULT THE MATCH ON TUESDAY EVENING HAS NOW BEEN TRANSFERRED TO OUR GROUND, kick-off 7.45 pm

Dare we hope that the worst of the winter is over?  Let’s hope so as there is no great forecast of rain for the immediate future, even though it is due to be colder again.

That means that hopefully, this week’s midweek fixtures will go ahead as planned.  The Under-18’s get the ball rolling this evening (Monday) when they entertain Hayes & Yeading U18 at Short Lane, kick-off 7.45 p.m.  We managed to knock our opponents out of the FA Youth Cup much earlier in the season and whilst it was a superb defensive performance by our lads, Hayes dominated possession for much of the match so we know it will be a tough encounter this evening.

On Tuesday evening, we will finally get to play our 1st Round Southern Combination Challenge Cup match away to Rayners Lane FC, who are top of Division One East of the Hellenic League, with the winners due to entertain Hanworth Villa in the 2nd Round.  It remains to be seen what team we will put out but with a multitude of injuries at present, it will doubtless be very much a mixed team that will take the field for us as some will definitely not be risked with the Slough match on Saturday in mind.  They will need to compete though as Rayners Lane are a very decent outfit.

Meetings between our two clubs have been infrequent but the very first one will be remembered as back in August 1992 we travelled to Rayners Lane for our very first ever FA Cup tie, drawing two apiece, ours coming from Steve Baughn and Nigel Mathurin, names from the past indeed.  We had home advantage in the replay but lost by the only goal of the game, after two of our players clashed heads in the opening few minutes with both having to go to hospital.

The address of the ground is the Tythe Farm Sports and Social Club, 151 Rayners Lane, Harrow, HA2 0XH.

To complete the midweek games, the Ladies’ team will be at home on Wednesday evening when they entertain Colne Valley Ladies in a Greater London Womens League match.  This will be a rare opportunity to see the girls playing under lights.  Entry is completely free so why not come down and cheer them on.  Yesterday the team lost by two goals to nil away to Queens Park Rangers in the Middlesex Junior Cup but obviously put up a determined show as they were anticipating a possible heavy defeat against their higher ranked opponents.