MATCH PREVIEW: Uxbridge vs Ashford
by Alan Constable

Following the disappointing postponement on Saturday, Ashford are due to be away again on Tuesday evening, 6 October, to Uxbridge.  Again, it is familiar territory with the two clubs having met very regularly in recent seasons.  Uxbridge’s ground is actually in West Drayton, the full address being:  Honeycroft, Horton Road, West Drayton, Middlesex, UB7 8HX.  There is a huge car park but mind the humps as you go down the track leading to the ground off Horton Road, one in particular which will give you a nasty jolt if you don’t spot it.

Some of them have since moved on but just before the start of last season a considerable number of regular Ashford players moved to Uxbridge.  It was unexpected and Russell Canderton did well to even get a side out in those early days of last season.  Samad Kazi returned to us towards the end of last season, whilst Jack Beadle has moved on to Chipstead.  There has also been a kind of delayed goalkeeper swap with Tyler Tobin seemingly now the number one keeper at Honeycroft, with Paul McCarthy returning to us, keeping two clean sheets in his first four matches.

Our very first match against Uxbridge was back on 17 November 1992, when we lost 2-4 after extra time, in the Middlesex Charity Cup, both of ours coming from Lee Holman, the third top scorer in our history of course, with a total of 178 goals.  After meeting twice more in the same cup competition in 1996 and 1997, there was then a gap of 11 years before the clubs met again, this time in the Middlesex Senior Cup in February 2008 when we lost 2-4 in the 3rd Round of the Middlesex Senior Cup, our goals coming from Paul Johnson and Adam Logie.

It wasn’t until the 2010-2011 season that we finally found ourselves in the same league and division as Uxbridge, that being the Southern League, Central Division.  Ever since we have met each other regularly, including a Middlesex Charity Cup Final played at Hanwell Town in May 2019, when Elliott Poley scored our goal in a 1-2 defeat.

All told, there have been 22 meetings, all being competitive matches, with both ourselves and Uxbridge recording 10 wins each with just two draws.  Last season we lost both league games, including a heavy 0-5 defeat at home but did manage to win 3-0 at Uxbridge in the Velocity Trophy (Isthmian League Cup).

This new season saw two tough opening fixtures for our opponents, which have resulted in one point, gained against Bracknell, preceded by a 0-1 defeat at Chertsey Town.  They also lost 1-4 at Sheppey United in the FA Cup.