Ashford will hope to record their seventh successive victory in the League on Saturday, when they entertain Guildford City FC at Short Lane, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

Guildford are currently in 19th position in the table with just a solitary win under their belt in the league, that coming in an away match at Farnham Town by the only goal of the game.  Nevertheless nobody expects an easy match and manager Ben Murray firmly believes that Guildford are in a false position at present and that they are certainly not a relegation team. Last week was apparently a case in point when Guildford lost at home to Chertsey despite dominating much of the possession.

Guildford won the CCL in successive seasons in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, losing just eight games over two seasons,  before they were granted promotion to the Southern League.  They were possibly more pleased than some to go into the Southern as opposed to the Ryman, as the club had enjoyed a major connection with the Southern League in the past.  After a decent first season they found themselves moved into the South West Division last season, with all the resulting trips to places like Taunton, Cinderford, Mangotsfield, etc., which, as we know ourselves only too well, is draining and the club found itself back in the CCL after just two seasons.

Meetings between our clubs are restricted to the 2012-2013 season, when in a remarkable match at the Spectrum, two very late goals turned a likely defeat into a 3-2 victory for Ashford right at the death.  That match was one of the last in which Dan Brown played for us and he marked it with a hatrick.  Dan, incidentally, has just been released by Staines Town.  We would love to see him back here but he has more than proved his ability to play at a higher level and will doubtless have offers from other clubs.

Guildford had their revenge in March 2013 when they came to Short Lane and won by three goals to one, ours coming from Kofi Lockhart-Adams, now at Burnham.

Although nothing can be guaranteed in football, there is no doubt that Ashford have been playing some tremendous football throughout much of this fledgling season which has been shown by the results.  Once again team selection will be difficult tomorrow, with everyone coming through the Hanworth Villa friendly in the week unscathed and the lads on the bench will be able to say to a man that they are unlucky not to be starting.  Guildford are one of the few sides in the CCL who have some travelling support and we are looking for a three figure crowd if possible.

Looking slightly ahead, we are also at home next Tuesday evening, when we entertain Southall FC, currently playing in the Spartan S. Midlands League, in the 1st Round of the Middlesex Charity Cup to see who will entertain either North Greenford United or Enfield Town in the 2nd Round.