Ashford make the comparatively short trip to Chalfont St. Peter on Saturday, hoping to arrest the slide that has seen the Tangerines go from play-off contenders to midfield mediocrity in just a few weeks. Despite the loss of key players who are now out for the season we press on and Ashford supporters can be assured of the side’s continuing spirit and enthusiasm that will surely help us to break the bad run shortly, ideally tomorrow.

The best news this week is that the club has now committed to a complete pitch refurbishment, involving major work, starting on Monday 29 April, following the last game at Short Lane on Saturday 27 April. We simply have to get back to the excellent surface that we have generally enjoyed in the past as it is nigh on impossible to get the ball down and play at the moment, which we always like to think of as out strength.

The address for tomorrow is Chalfont St. Peter FC, Mill Meadow Gravel Hill Buckinghamshire SL9 9QX.

On Tuesday, in a hastily arranged match, Ashford lost to Walton Casuals 1-2 in the semi-final of the Southern Combination Challenge Cup. The visitors played their full 1st team despite their own relegation difficulties but Ashford matched them well in the first half which ended with no score.

Early in the second half Walton took the lead and then a goalkeeping error then cost a second goal within minutes. Ashford rallied but were unable to penetrate despite some frantic efforts and we wish Walton all the best for the Final in which they will play either SCR or Hanworth Villa. Considering the late notification of the game, there was a decent crowd on the night and we thank everyone who turned out at such short notice.

Next Tuesday we have our final chance for silverware this season when we entertain Hanworth Villa in the semi-final of the Middlesex Charity Cup, kick-off 7.45 p.m.