Walton & Hersham

Manager Paul Burgess has added another pre-season match to the club’s schedule ahead of the new season. The Ash Trees will make the short trip to Stompond Lane to play Walton & Hersham of the Ryman League Division One South on Tuesday 6th August. The match will kick-off at 7.45pm.

The Middlesex County FA published the draws for the adult County Cup competitions at the end of last week, with mixed results from an Ashford perspective.

In the Senior Challenge Cup, we have been exempted until the Second Round, but then handed an away tie against Enfield Town, of the Ryman League Premier Division, which will be played in the midweek of the week commencing 3rd December.

In the Senior Charity Cup, we came out of the hat at the First Round Stage and have been drawn at home to Cockfosters, of the Spartan South Midlands League Division One. Given the number of matches already arranged, it seems unlikely that we will be able to take up the County FA’s invitation to play the match in pre-season. The “played by” date for this round is Friday 18th October.

In the Premier Cup, our Second XI have also been drawn at home and will play the reserve team of Hampton & Richmond Borough in the First Round. That match will be played during the week commencing 14th October. Our tenants, Staines Lammas, field their First Team in the same competition and have been drawn at home to CB Hounslow United, so some negotiation between the two clubs will be required to get the matches played.

Looking further ahead, we have been advised that the draws for the FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Youth Cup will be published on Friday 5th July and that the fixtures for the Calor Southern League will be available from the League’s website at 9.00am on Wednesday 17th July.