Preview: Ashford v Northwood, Wed 17 April, Middlesex Charity Cup – Semi-Final
It’s match day again tonight in what has now become our most important game of the season as we entertain old friends and rivals, Northwood, in the semi-final of the Middlesex Charity Cup, kick-off 7.45 p.m. at Short Lane. Once again admission has been reduced with adults paying just £5 with children and OAP’s at £3. Our match ball has been kindly sponsored by Russell Grant, just as he did for the quarter final game last week.
The winners will play Uxbridge at Hanwell Town FC on Tuesday 7 May in the Final.
Do supporters have a view upon playing home midweek matches on Wednesdays rather than Tuesdays. We tried it years ago and it made little difference but there are now so many clubs in this area that it may be worth giving it a go. Let us know what you think.
Yet again we succumbed to a 1-2 defeat on Saturday, this time at the hands of Tooting & Mitcham United. They are a decent team still in with a chance of the play-offs but we did enough to earn a draw but despite something of a wonder goal from Nebay Haile after the two Tooting goals, we were unable to pull it back.
It is fair to say that we cannot wait for the end of the season so that the contractors can get on the pitch with a view to restoring it to the kind of surface that we have generally enjoyed over the years. That said, both Tooting and ourselves played quite well on it and Tooting were quite different from some of our opponents in the way they attempted to pass the ball rather than continually using the long ball game.
After this evening’s match, we have just three league matches left and the next one will be away to Egham Town on Saturday. Sadly our opponents cannot now escape relegation despite their recent win over Bracknell Town and we are genuinely sorry to lose our friends and neighbours. We were fortunate when we beat them with a late goal at Short Lane earlier in the season when they looked anything but a side facing relegation and hopefully they will bounce back at the first opportunity.