Ashford are back at home on Saturday when they will entertain Farnham Town FC in the League, kicking off at 3.00 p.m.

Farnham are currently in 17th place in the table, with one win and seven defeats from their twelve matches to date.  The victory was over Guildford City, but prior to Tuesday they drew with both Mole Valley at home and away at Raynes Park Vale.  We needed them to do us a favour on Tuesday at home to Cove but they were defeated by six goals to two.  Neither club appears to have produced a report on their respective web site as yet so we don’t know anything about the match but it is worth remembering that Farnham scored one more goal against Cove than we did.

Farnham were very much the side to beat when Ashford first entered the CCL in 1990.  In that first season as a senior club we went unbeaten for several games but Farnham were the club who inflicted our first ever senior defeat when they beat us on their own ground on 15 September 1990 by one goal to nil.  Not content with that, they then became the first ever club to win at Short Lane in December of that year, again by one goal to nil.  We met regularly after that until the last league match against them in April 2000, when a goal from Des Vertannes was good enough to secure all three points for Ashford.  Since then we have only met once and that was in the Semi-Final of the Aldershot Senior Cup in March 2012, when we managed to win by three goals to one, thanks to two from Kofi Lockhart-Adams and one from Perry Luckins, now at Spelthorne, along incidentally with Harry Driver who has recently joined them

Talking of the Aldershot Senior Cup, we are again playing in that competition and have received a bye in the 1st Round and will be at home to Ash United in the 2nd Round, to be played on Tuesday 4 November.

Following tomorrow’s match, we are at home again on Tuesday in the 2nd Round of the Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup against CB Hounslow United.  This match has been brought forward from its first date due to CB having a County Cup match on the original evening. 

The Under-18’s were unsuccessful in the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday, eventually going down by six goals to one against a strong Met Police side.  Our scorer was Jamie Walters.  On the positive side, the lads never gave up and despite the scoreline are not too far away from developing into a decent side.  They have had some exceptionally tough opponents in their opening three matches but there is some fantastic pace in the team and they will soon start to win matches.

They are due to visit Hayes & Yeading next week in the Ryman Youth Cup (the Lucas Fettes Cup) but our opponents apparently have no venue available so it may (and only may, at the moment) be played here.  The web site will confirm as soon as possible.

Our thanks go to Alan Cox who this week has donated a complete set of new chairs for the club, including some very nice leather ones for the new boardroom cabin which will be arriving on 1 October, as a gift from Vice President Bob Lewis.  Our thanks go to Bob for this great gesture and also to Dan Butler, Simon Munns and others who have helped to demolish the old green building that had reached the end of its useful life.  Hopefully our visitors on Saturday will forgive us that the existing board room will be a bit squashed.

Finally, don't forget that we have a Race Night at the Club on Saturday evening, when everyone is welcome.  The players will be in attendance and you may make a few bob if you are lucky!