Ashford have a home draw in the FA Cup and will meet Berkhamsted FC in the Extra-Preliminary Round on Saturday 16 August.  Berkhamsted were formed from the ashes of the old Berkhamsted Town and compete in the Spartan South Midlands League in which they did well last season, finishing in 5th position.

The two clubs have not previously met in senior football although Ashford did meet with Berkhamsted Town when both clubs were in the Ryman League.  Indeed, the final league match between the clubs marked the end of Dave Kent’s managerial reign when Ashford lost 1-8 at Berkhamsted on 27 March 2002 in a Ryman League Division 2 contest, Scott Todd scoring our goal in the dying seconds.  The Ash Trees did gain a measure of revenge in the final meeting between the clubs on 18 November 2003, when Ashford beat their opponents 2-0 at home in the 2nd Round of the League Cup, then known as the Bryco Cup.  The scorer on that occasion was Steve Croxford who notched both goals.

The winners of the contest will be at home to Daventry Town in the Preliminary Round and they, of course, would need no introduction, having been regular league opponents over the last few seasons.  Looking further ahead, whoever eventually comes out on top, will travel to Hitchin Town in the 1st Qualifying Round.

In the FA Vase, Ashford are exempt until the 1st Round Proper, for which the draw has yet to be made.

The Under-18’s have managed to escape both Harefield and Hayes & Yeading, both of whom we have habitually been drawn against in recent seasons.  This year, they have a bye in the Preliminary Round and will entertain Metropolitan Police U18 in the 1st Qualifying Round.  That will inevitably be a tough match with the Police members of the Ryman Youth League