Ashford will return to Hertford Town on Saturday, after an absence of 19 years. In the 2000-2001 season, our first at Ryman League level, our two clubs met for the one and only season we were both in the same league, which was the now defunct Ryman Division 3. That season was one of the worst weather wise ever and we did not get to play the first match, at home, until 10 March when we drew one apiece, ours coming from Scott Todd. In the return at Hertford on 10 April, it must have been one of our better displays as we managed to win 3-0, scorers being Anthony Eggington (2) and Andy Frost.
That, of course, will have little if any relevance to Saturday’s match which finds our opponents involved in a period of rapid change with a very recent change of manager and many new players. If it is true that most of the previous players left upon the departure of the most recent manager, then the new one, Adam Fisher, has done exceedingly well just to get a team out. The new team lost 0-3 at home to Ware on Tuesday evening and by all accounts competed very well, despite the eventual result. If we don’t match that enthusiasm, we will be in trouble but we will have our own motivation after Tuesday’s game against Molesey.
The result was disappointing to say the least. Over the 90 minutes we had the vast majority of the possession and created a hatful of chances but Molesey defended with great determination (and some good luck) and they deserve credit for the number of Ashford chances they annulled. Our defending was slack at the vital moments and cost us the match but it’s gone now. The contrast though with our previous performance when we came close to beating leaders Hayes & Yeading could not have been more stark.
Based on league placings, there were a few unexpected results all round on Tuesday, with FC Romania beating Cheshunt and Chipstead losing 1-4 at home to the apparently rejuvenated South Park, who have now won four in a row.
The address of the Hertford ground is: West Street, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 8EZ. It is slightly over 41 miles from ground to ground, leaving the M25 at Junction 21A.
The weather forecast doesn’t seem that promising so it might be best to check before travelling. The number of the ground is 01992 583716.