http://www.ashfordtownmiddlesexfc.com/media/bearleague/bl1341699261966.pngThe dust has settled and despite the Suburban team doing all they could to secure the North Division title by beating Dunstable Town by two goals to one in their final match (goals from Tommy Mooney and Grant Cooper), Royston Town held their nerve to win their final two matches and so take the title by a solitary point.  We send them our congratulations. 

There are usually plenty of changes from season to season in the Suburban League but we would anticipate being placed in the Premier B Division next season, which overall, should result in considerably less travelling.

The Under-18’s concluded their season with a good win at Hampton and look set to take fourth place in a strong division, having lost just four league matches all season. 

We have various Greater London League Ladies Finals at the ground on Sunday and as you can read from the previous article, entrance to all three finals is just £5.  We hope to see plenty of people present, with both the bar and refreshment hut open all day.

On Thursday of this week (16 May) the Club AGM takes place, commencing at 8.00 pm in the Clubhouse.  We will know sometime next week who will be joining us in the Central Division for season 13-14 and, of course, whether or not we have been moved ourselves, although that seems extremely unlikely.  Some of the promoted clubs who could be with us are Egham Town, Aylesbury United, Dunstable Town or even St. Ives Town from the United Counties League.  The bottom two in the Southern League Prem are Bedworth United, who only managed a season at Step 3, and Kettering Town who could also find themselves in our Division next season.  There are other possibilities although it is highly unlikely that Guernsey FC will come to us as they seem destined for the Ryman League (South).  We will not be playing either Burnham or Biggleswade Town as they have both been promoted.  At the end of the season the team at the top of the League is the one who deserves to be there but we would certainly send our commiserations at missing out, to Rugby Town, who on the day were the best team without a doubt that we met over the season.

All will be revealed, hopefully by next weekend once the FA Leagues Committee have ratified the recommendations of their sub-committee who met earlier this week.  Until it is announced, everything you read is pure speculation.

We will again be running a team in the Suburban League and the Ryman Youth League.  It is seen as vital for the Club’s ongoing development that we do so, with several players finding their way into the 1st Team this season from the Suburban side and one or two from the Under-18’s getting an opportunity.  One to keep your eyes open for is young Luke Wilson, whose goal celebrations are well worth a watch.  He is one who may well make his mark next season.  Paul Burgess will make his announcements in due course as to who will be running these sides.

It is though extremely expensive to run both the Reserve side and the Under-18’s and we need more people to attend these matches or even consider partly or fully sponsoring one of these teams.  One person has already offered some financial assistance and we need more.  If you can help, please come forward.