Preview: Sat 31 March 18, Ashford v Uxbridge
We welcome our visitors from the other side of the airport this afternoon, namely Uxbridge FC. They are one club who we will be expecting to compete with again next season, which is good as we have already seen we will be losing any number of clubs against who we have enjoyed playing over recent seasons.
Uxbridge are just one place behind us in the table, although we do have a five point advantage going into the match. Our very first game against them was back in November 1992 when we lost by two goals to four in a Middlesex Charity Cup match, our scorer being Lee Holman with two penalties. Meetings remained infrequent and confirned to County Cup matches until February 2010 when we faced each other in a league game for the first time. On that occasion we managed to win by three goals to nil, courtesy of two from Isiah Rankin and one from Jordan Kiffin. The same two players scored in the return match at Uxbridge a month later when we lost 2-3.
Over recent years results have generally been even although this season we have managed to beat them twice, once in the League and once in the FA Trophy.
On Easter Monday we have probably our longest ever “local” derby for a bank holiday when we travel down to Portsmouth, to play Moneyfields, kick-off 3.00 p.m. The address of their ground is: Moneyfields Sports Centre, Moneyfields Avenue, Copnor, Portsmouth, PO3 6LA. It is a journey of around 65 miles down the A3
Other news this week is that Chalfont St. Peter have lost an FA appeal when they refused to allow a certain Marlow FC player into their ground around Christmas time, after being sanctioned by the League. The FA have actually increased the punishment by ordering that the original match be expunged from the records and re-arranged .
A club has resigned at the end of the season from the West Division of the League, namely Shortwood United, who we played in the FA Cup last season. They made us very welcome that day and we wish them all the best as they presumably will go into the Western League next season. It is good news for all the Step 5 clubs chasing a promotion place as it now seems that all second place clubs will be promoted, rather than 12 from 14 as was mooted previously.
Locally the situation is becoming clearer. Westfield are close to winning the championship, whilst Walton & Hersham have suffered something of a slump and now appear to be almost out of the race. That leaves our neighbours Bedfont Sports fighting it out for the additional promotion spot with Sutton Common Rovers with very little between them and they face each other next Saturday at Sutton.
Loyal supporters – please consider sponsoring either the match ball or the whole match (£75 or £250) in one of our remaining home matches. Just speak to a committee person if you are interested, or even consider taking out Life Membership for £500, which can be paid over a year’s instalments if necessary.