Tring Athletic ResDue to injuries and unavailablities, it was a very depleted Ashford side that lost at Royston Town on Saturday by two goals to nil.  Of the team that took the field, only five could consider themselves as regulars.  Tommy Mooney, Robbie Sitch and Shane Gibson all stepped up from the Suburban side, whilst two Under-18’s, Luke Wilson and George Lavender both enjoyed their first taste of action from the bench later in the game.

There was no lack of enthusiasm though and Ashford more then held their own in a scoreless first half with both Scott Weight and Alex Duffy hitting the woodwork, the latter direct from a corner.  It was the early part of the second half though in which the damage was done, with Royston scoring twice and they rarely looked after that as if they would be in trouble.

Despite that Ashford battled to the end and no criticism whatsoever goes to any of the team who gave 100% effort throughout the match.

This week brings a further three matches.  Tonight (Monday) the Suburban side entertain Tring Athletic and three points will go a long way towards securing the North Division championship.  Although it is tight at the top with both Leighton Town and Royston in the mix, if Ashford can win their three remaining matches, all at home, they will be champions.  How nice it would be if a few people could get along and support the side tonight.

On Tuesday evening, the 1st Team will make their fourth attempt to play away to Fleet Town, the previous three having been postponed due to the pitch being waterlogged.  Kick off at Fleet is 7.45 pm and the address of the ground is Calthorpe Park, Crookham Road, Fleet, Hants, GU51 5FA.  There is little resting upon the match for either team but Ashford will certainly hope to have some of the missing players from Saturday back inaction.

Finally on Wednesday, the Under-18’s will make the short trip to Hampton & Richmond in their final match of the season.  A win, depending upon other results, could see them finishing as high as third in the table.

The Junior Section are doing their best to help the Club financially with a sponsored walk on Saturday, when our very own Mr. Messenger will be one of the participants.  We hope to welcome all the walkers at our final game on Saturday when they will receive free entrance to the game against Beaconsfield SYCOB.  If you can sponsor Iain or someone else, please put your pledge on the forum or see Iain at the Club.