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In their first pre-season game at Short Lane on Saturday, Ashford enjoyed a reasonably comfortable match, winning by three goals to one against a youthful Woking side.

The outcome was largely determined within the opening ten minutes when Ashford took what turned out to be an unassailable lead.  Both were quite similar goals, coming from defensive mistakes by the visitors, as firstly Jack Beadle and then newcomer Janes Cottee, signed from Westfield, took full advantage, both producing crisp and confident finishes.

Ashford’s football at this stage was easy on the eye and a third goal arrived on 21 minutes when Jamal Harvey made no mistake.

Woking had plenty of skilful players on show but with Romario Jonas and Elliott Poley looking solid at the back, they were unable to make an impression.  Yahya El-Khabouche, previously with Corinthian-Casuals also took the eye in midfield alongside Tommy Brunton.

The second half, with its inevitable rash of changes became gradually more scrappy with Ashford unable to reproduce too many of the sparkling moments that had lit up the first period.  Woking looked more purposeful and seconds after Mark Bitmead had gone mightily close for Ashford, they had the last say as they went down the other end and pulled one back on 68 minutes.

That finished the scoring and Ashford now go on to what is likely to be a far tougher test when they entertain newly promoted Farnborough on Tuesday evening, at Short Lane, kick-off 7.45 p.m.  Admission will once again be £5 (£3 OAP’s and free for children under-16)

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Ashford continue their pre-season programme on Saturday with the first match at Short Lane this new season when Woking will be sending a mixed side along.

Ashford manager Ben Murray last night added two more new players to the list already signed and with nearly all of last season’s squad having re-signed as well, an exciting season could be on the cards.  Come along and have a look tomorrow – kick-off is 3.00 p.m. and admission tomorrow is just £5 (£3 OAP’s and free for children Under-16)

Most of the work off the pitch in the summer has centred on the changing rooms which, largely thanks to Jason Brown and his helpers, have been refurbished.  The pitch has benefited greatly from the recent rains and Is looking far better than at this stage last season.  Work is also underway to completely re-build the fence on the stand side, which may be closed off tomorrow.

On Tuesday evening we are at home again when Farnborough are the visitors, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Ben will be providing a summary of all the new signings once the squad has been finalised.

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Ashford made the short trip to neighbours Spelthorne Sports on Tuesday evening and won by 4 goals to 1, thanks largely to a an excellent second half performance.  Some regulars were missing for various reasons, including Max Webb, Jack Beadle (working away) and Samad Kazi (on honeymoon).

The match was competitive throughout the first half, a little too competitive once or twice, but for the third game in a row Ashford conceded first on 10 minutes when something of a mix-up, albeit a bit unlucky, between Joe Green and Russell Canderton allowed a dangerous cross to come in, duly converted.

Excellent work by Jabir Laraba led to an equaliser ten minutes later from Mark Bitmead.

Just before half-time up popped Joe Green and he converted at close range to give Ashford the lead at the break.

As always there were a number of changes going on throughout the second period but Ashford were starting to find the spaces and a superb individual goal from Dan Fleming after good work from Green made it 3-1.  Two minutes later with Spelthorne seemingly out of steam, Bitmead cracked in his second of the match.  Over the full match, the view of the goodly number of Ashford supporters present was that the stand-out Ashford player was Tommy Brunton.

In three pre-season games, Ashford have now scored ten and conceded ten so you can bet on a 0-0 draw on Saturday when we play at Short Lane for the first time against a Woking XI., kick-off 3.00 p.m.  Manager Ben Murray was back for last night and will finalise his squad shortly, following which there will be an update on the new players. 

There is still some work to be done around the ground before Saturday so if anyone can lend a hand, especially on Saturday morning, please do so.

 

In a hastily arranged friendly, an Ashford squad created a degree of unwelcome history by losing to Westfield on Saturday by the incredible score of 8 goals to 5.

The match was played on a small pitch at Egham Leisure Centre and Ashford had more or less two full squads present.  Assistant Manager Mark Green opted to start with the majority of last season’s side in the first half mostly all replaced by a squad of newcomers in the second period.  It was a normal enough match in the opening period and there were five goals, Ashford coming off ahead by 3 goals to 2.

Both sides though suffered something of a defensive calamity as the game wore on, especially Ashford.  The lead had changed on numerous occasions but when Ashford went ahead again at 5-4 with around 15 minutes left on the clock one wondered if that was the end of the scoring.  Far from it as some wretched defending and indifferent goal keeping, in particular, rather handed the match to Westfield on a plate as they scored four goals in the final minutes to finish three goals ahead.

Ashford won’t be too disheartened:  against a decent side they played some very good football at times and some of the newcomers showed enough to suggest they will come into serious contention.  For the record, Ashford’s goals were scored by Mark Bitmead 2 (1 pen), Max Webb and then in the second half by Jabir Laraba and Jamal Harvey.

Manager Ben Murray will be back for Tuesday’s match away to Spelthorne Sports, which kicks off at 7.45 p.m.  Ben will be providing an article upon the squad for the new season in due course once it has been finalised.

There is a change to the arrangements for Saturday.

Instead of Playing Ash United at Abbey Rangers, we shall now be playing Westfield FC at Egham Leisure Centre, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

Westfield finished in 2nd place last season in the CCL and whilst doubtless both clubs will have plenty of players on trial, it should be a decent match.  The game yesterday evening at Abbey Rangers finished one apiece.  Played over three 30 minutes periods, (although the final segment was cut short by a few minutes as it was getting too dark and there was too much lightning around), it was a very useful exercise.  Ashford had enough players to field two separate X1's and some of the potential new players looked very good indeed.  A useful Abbey side eventually took the lead in the final segment only for Mark Bitmead to equalise with a free kick which took a slight deflection but it was enough to deceive the keeper.

Ashford would like to thank Abbey for their excellent hospitality after the match.

Please note that this evening’s match at Abbey Rangers will kick off at 7.15 p.m. and not 7.45 as previously assumed.

Pre-season training has now stepped up, with the first friendly next week on Tuesday 18 July, when we visit CCL side Abbey Rangers.  We played them last season on a very windy day in early August when we lost 1-2, our goal a penalty from Mark Bitmead.  It was clear they had the makings of a very good side which was demonstrated through the campaign as they went on to finish in 10th place last season in their first season in the Premier Division of the Combined Counties League.

The address of the ground is Addlestone Moor, Addlestone, KT15 2QH.  It is assumed that kick-off is 7.45 p.m.

One additional friendly has now been arranged , when we will get the opportunity to play at Bedfont Sports’ superb new surface on Thursday 3 August, when we play against their tenants Deportivo Galicia.

Pre-season training has now stepped up, with the first friendly arriving on Tuesday 18 July, when we visit CCL side Abbey Rangers.  We played them last season on a very windy day when we lost 1-2, our goal a penalty from Mark Bitmead.  It was clear they had the makings of a very good side which was shown clearly enough as they went on to finish in 10th place last season in their first season in the Premier Division of the Combined Counties League.

The address of the ground is Addlestone Moor, Addlestone, KT15 2QH.  It is assumed that kick-off is 7.45 p.m.

One additional friendly has now been arranged , when we will get the opportunity to play at Bedfont Sports’ superb new surface on Thursday 3 August, when we play against their tenants Deportivo Galicia.

The League fixtures for the new season have been released this morning and Ashford commence on Saturday 12 August with just about their longest trip of the season, away to Cambridge City, who were relegated last season from the Premier Division.  We have never previously played against them.

Our first home match is on the Tuesday evening, 15 August, when Arlesey Town have a fairly long midweek journey down to Short Lane.

Bank Holiday fixtures see us paired against Egham Town at home on the late August Bank Holiday, 28 August, with the return “leg” at Egham on Boxing Day.

The matches on New Year’s Day and Easter Monday are certainly not local, with Moneyfields from Portsmouth coming to us on New Year’s day, 1 January, the return trip down to Moneyfields coming on Easter Monday.

We finish the season as we started it, with a fairly long trip, this time to AFC Rushden & Diamonds whilst we go to ex-CCL club Hartley Wintney on a Tuesday evening, just as we did two seasons ago.  They come to us in our final home match on Saturday 21 April. 

The full fixture list will be on the web site as soon as possible or you can view it upon the league web site.

News has comethrough  that ex-Ashford player Dave MacArthur died on Saturday 8 July 2017.  Dave will not be remembered by many people currently involved with the club as he played back in the late 60's and early 70's but he was a commanding central-defender, well respected by team mates and opponents alike.  The funeral will take place this Friday: 10.00am - Kent and Sussex Crematorium, Tunbridge Wells.

The draws for the early rounds of the FA Competitions have been released today by the FA and for Ashford they are:

Emirates FA Cup - Preliminary Round

Ashford  v  Windsor or Wembley

Buildbase FA Trophy - Preliminary Round

Ashford  v  Uxbridge

Buildbase FA Trophy - 1st Qualifying Round

Romford or Hastings Town  v  Ashford or Uxbridge

FA Youth Cup - 1st Qualifying Round

Chalfont St. Peter or Wingate & Finchley  v  Ashford

 

 

The Southern Football League has announced that the upcoming 2017-18 League Challenge Cup will be sponsored by www.bigfreebet.com, a leading online sports predictions, news and tips site.

Proceeds from the deal will contribute to developing the league and the growth in grassroots English football that has seen players such as Jamie Vardy and Chris Smalling rise through the ranks to become elite European football athletes.

Don Gillies, Director of BigFreeBet.com, said:

“We are very happy about sponsoring the cup and providing funding to help nurture local English talent. Long term, we hope to see more home-grown talent breaking through to Europe’s top leagues and sponsorship of this cup will be one small step to achieving this goal.”

Founded in 1894, the Southern Football League exemplifies the heritage and strength of local grassroots football in the UK.

The League Chairman has thanked BigFreeBet.com for their Agreement to sponsor the League Cup for Season 2017-2018.

League Chairman Terry Barratt said, “I am pleased that BigFreeBet.com share the same views that Non-League football is full of players with potential that could make it at a higher level. We are the shop window of opportunity”.

The BigFreeBet.com League Challenge Cup will run from October to April and will be available to watch through YouTube channels and on a selection of Club websites.

Last season saw newcomers to the League’s Premier Division, Hayes & Yeading United defeat St Ives Town 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after normal time.

There are a number of ex-Professional players now plying their trade in the Southern Football League who are due to appear in this year’s competition, including Jamie Cook, Jamie Cureton, Barry Hayles and Andy Sandell to name a few.

Always gamble responsibly. The club wishes to remind its players, officials and volunteers to adhere at all times to the relevant FA Regulations concerning betting on football.

Although two clubs were wiling to play us this Tuesday evening, the logisitics just did not work, so the next pre-season friendly will be on Saturday 30 July, when Ashford will face a Barnet FC X1, kick-off 3.00 p.m.  This will be the first match on the hallowed turf for the new season and we look forward to welcoming our supporters who will hopefully wish to give our promotion winning side their support as they look forward to the challenges of the Evostick League.  Ben has retained most of last season's squad and with one or two additions, one of whom supporters will be very pleased to see back at Short Lane.  There will be a little more detail once the writer has seen confirmation of all the signings but it is looking good now the rustiness of the first two friendlies has been overcome.

Some incredible work has been done in the close season and if you haven't yet seen the refurbished bar area, you are in for a treat.  IN addition the match officials' room has been extended in line with the new requirements due to come in on 31 March 2018 whilst the pitch is looking good.  There is still some tidying up to be done before Saturday so if anyone can spare a few hours any time Wednesday to Friday, you will be very welcome. As previously reported, our main sponsors Hitchcock & King have doubled their sponsorship amount for the new season and we cannot thank them enough.

For different reasons both tomorrow's match at Shoreham and  that on Tuesday at Banstead have been called off.  Ashford are looking for an alternative match on Tuesday, when Short Lane will now be available if required.  We apologise to Shoreham FC for this very late decison.

A distinctly improved performance was given by Ashford in their friendly away to Spelthorne Sports on Tuesday resulting in a narrow 2-1 victory against another side who may well be challenging for CCL honours at the end of the season.  Both Ashford goals came from excellent moves, even though the first one was finally headed into his own net by a defender.  The second came from Mark Bitmead right at the start of the second half.  Following the rather abject performance at CB Hounslow on Saturday, it was good to see how hard all the players worked in a very hot temperature

It is getting more serious now and on Saturday Ashford will be travelling down to Shoreham FC for their first ever match against our opponents.  We thank Shoreham in advance for hosting the match and hopefully as many of our supporters as possible will make the trip.

Kick-off is at 3.00 p.m. and the address of the ground is The Taxi-Link Community Ground, Middle Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 6GA, just 7 miles from Brighton..  It is a journey of just over 71 miles and shouldn’t take longer than an hour and a half.  Should it be necessary, the phone number of the ground is 01273 454261

Finally best wishes go to our Chairman Dave Baker, who goes into hospital this evening for a minor operation.  He will hopefully be out early next week.

Final Table

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

PTS

C Royston Town

42

32

6

4

121

48

73

102

Farnborough

42

28

6

8

96

51

45

90

Barton Rovers

42

23

8

11

91

66

25

77

Marlow

42

23

8

11

65

43

22

77

Egham Town

42

20

14

8

79

51

28

74

Kempston Rovers

42

21

10

11

82

61

21

73

AFC Dunstable

42

21

8

13

85

53

32

71

Bedford Town

42

18

13

11

76

58

18

67

Potters Bar Town

42

16

14

12

71

61

10

62

Ashford Town (Middlesex)

42

17

8

17

73

71

2

59

Kidlington

42

18

5

19

70

79

-9

59

* Hanwell Town

42

16

10

16

64

67

-3

57

Aylesbury United

42

16

7

19

58

68

-10

55

Fleet Town

42

13

11

18

72

81

-9

50

Arlesey Town

42

14

8

20

55

69

-14

50

Beaconsfield SYCOB

42

13

9

20

81

85

-4

48

Uxbridge

42

13

8

21

67

80

-13

47

Chalfont St Peter

42

14

5

23

49

77

-28

47

Aylesbury

42

12

8

22

54

75

-21

44

Northwood

42

9

12

21

57

88

-31

39

R Histon

42

9

7

26

54

93

-39

34

R Petersfield Town

42

2

3

37

32

129

-97

9

 

* - Hanwell Town deducted one point for fielding an ineligible player

 

 

Ashford’s next friendly is on Tuesday evening (19 July) just down the road at Spelthorne Sports, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Following that, on Saturday we have the trip down to Sussex to play against Shoreham, which is around 7 miles from Brighton.  There will be a full preview on the site later in the week.

Ashford found themselves on the wrong end of a 0-3 defeat on Wednesday at Colliers Wood.  Two late goals masked some reasonable football by the Tangerines at times but it was also quite apparent that some of the players were a little on the rusty side following holidays and so on.  It should also be said that Colliers Wood played very well.

Ashford move on to the next friendly, this afternoon (Saturday) when they make the short trip to play CB Hounslow at their own ground, namely Osterley Sports Club, Tentelow Ln, Southall UB2 4LW.  Kick-off is 3.00 p.m.

Ashford found themselves on the wrong end of a 0-3 defeat on Wednesday at Colliers Wood.  Two late goals masked some reasonable football by the Tangerines at times but it was also quite apparent that some of the players were a little on the rusty side following holidays and so on.  It should also be said that Colliers Wood played very well.

Ashford move on to the next friendly, this afternoon (Saturday) when they make the short trip to play CB Hounslow at their own ground, namely Osterley Sports Club, Tentelow Ln, Southall UB2 4LW.  Kick-off is 3.00 p.m.

Ashford found themselves on the wrong end of a 0-3 defeat on Wednesday at Colliers Wood.  Two late goals masked some reasonable football by the Tangerines at times but it was also quite apparent that some of the players were a little on the rusty side following holidays and so on.  It should also be said that Colliers Wood played very well.

Ashford move on to the next friendly, this afternoon (Saturday) when they make the short trip to play CB Hounslow at their own ground, namely Osterley Sports Club, Tentelow Ln, Southall UB2 4LW.  Kick-off is 3.00 p.m.

With lots of people away, details from Ashford's opening friendly at Knaphill on Saturday 9 July are sketchy at the moment, apart from the result which was one apiece.  With manager Ben Murray back from Wimbledon duties, the momentum will now start to gather and the second friendly arrives tomorrow evening, (Tuesday 12 July) when Ashford make the trip to Colliers Wood United, where they can be assured of an excellent surface.

Colliers Wood play at the Wibbandune Sports Ground, Robin Hood Way (A3 south bound), Wimbledon, SW20 0AA.  Doubtless most will be aware but the car park is quite small so if you arrive late it is better to park on the other side of the road, where there is a slip road and then walk over the footbridge.  Kick-off at Colliers Wood is usually 7.30 p.m. but it has been agreed that tomorrow's match will start at 7.45 p.m. to allow a little extra time

We have received a letter from the Football Association advising that Liam Balmer and Steve Honey from Ashford Town (Middlesex) have been placed within the top six groundsmen in the National Step 5 and 6 award category throughout the country.

The winners will be announced at the FA’s “Groundsman of the Year Awards Day” on Tuesday 16 August at St. Georges Park and both Liam and Steve have been invited to attend.  All the finalists will receive a certificate from the FA.

Our pitch was better than it has ever been last season and full credit and congratulations go to Liam and to Steve and his colleagues.

Ashford Town (Middlesex) have been handed difficult away ties in all three of The FA's competitions in which the club has entered.

In the Emirates FA Cup, we will travel to Shortwood United of the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West.  "The Wood" play in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, a town in which we have played an FA Cup tie once before; away to Forest Green Rovers in a Fourth Round Qualifying replay.  It will be a long journey, but an interesting challenge and a new opponent for the club.

We face slightly more familiar opposition in The FA Trophy. We make our return to the competition at the Preliminary Round stage and will travel to AFC Hornchurch. Our last FA Trophy meeting with the Urchins, who are in the Ryman League Division One North, was in the First Round Proper in 2011. The Tangerines enjoyed home advantage in that tie and won it 1-0 thanks to a late Jones Awuah goal.  The winner of the match at Hornchurch's Bridge Avenue Stadium then travels to Ryman League Premier Division club Tonbridge Angels.

Even the Under-18 team were sent on their travels in The FA Youth Cup. They will go to Potters Bar Town in the Preliminary Round, with the winners playing away to either Spelthorne Sports or Hadley Wood & Wingate.

In the Middlesex Senior Cup for season 2016-2017, Ashford have been drawn at home to North Greenford United in the 1st Round, with the winners drawn at home to CB Hounslow United in the 2nd Round.

Also, the Southern League have set up a new informative website, now up and running at http://www.evostikleaguesouthern.co.uk/

The draws for the FA Cup and Trophy are due to be released at midday on Friday 8 July and will be shown on here as quickly as possible.

The first training session for the new season is this coming Tuesday 5 July, at Short Lane, when players are asked to report at 7.00 p.m.

It has not taken long for the new campaign to roll around and Ashford will play their first pre-season match next Saturday, 9 July, against Knaphill FC.

The match will kick off at 2.00 p.m. and will be played at Bisley FC, Church Lane, Bisley, GU24 9DR.  Church Lane is just off the roundabout next to the Hen and Chickens Public House.

The first training session for the new season is this coming Tuesday 5 July, at Short Lane, when players are asked to report at 7.00 p.m

 

We are pleased to welcome 5 new teams who join our successful growing Youth set up for next season.  Our new U8s U9s U11s and two U13s will join our existing 19 sides bringing the Youth section to 24 teams for the coming season. 

 

All the sides will be competing in the Surrey Youth League which kicks off in September and preseason games will start on our newly renovated training ground at the Football Club with an internal friendly day lined up against CB Hounslow on the 4th September for all age groups. 

 

Also, for all our new parents, members etc., the club is open every day, except Mondays, and we will be pleased to see you at any time making use of the newly re-furbished bar and patio, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashford’s new look side got off to a stuttering start on Tuesday evening, losing 0-2 to Cockfosters FC in the re-arranged Middlesex Charity Cup semi-final from last season.

Although it was a little disappointing not to reach Saturday’s final, there were plenty of positives for the Tangerines and whilst the defending for the two goals, and indeed on other occasions, showed some rustiness, Ashford did create plenty of chances, particularly in the second period..

The match started evenly with both sides looking bright but it was Cockfosters’ Ben Andreos who put his side ahead after 20 minutes.  Tyler Tobin was unable to deal with a high swirling cross and the lofty Andreos finished tidily.  The second goal came on the stroke of half-time and once again it was a long cross that caught Ashford out.  This time though it was the usually reliable Alex Fisher who somehow headed into his own net.

Although enjoying plenty of possession, Ashford had created very few real chances in the first half, the only one of note being a curling effort from Mark Bitmead which missed by a whisker.

For much of the second period though, Ashford enjoyed the bulk of the possession.  Jesse Atiase almost levelled maters up quickly and Joe Green also missed a golden chance.  Cockfosters’ keeper Tom Coulton was on top form and he tipped over a scorcher of a shot from debutant Bradley Wainwright.  All that said, Cockfosters continued to look dangerous when they were able to get forward and Ashford wish them the best of luck in the Final on Saturday.

The outcome means that Ashford will now have a full 1st Team squad from which to pick their side for the friendly match at CCL newcomers Abbey Rangers on Saturday and there will be more on that one later in the week.

There is also more news to come of new signings, including Scott Weight, who has returned to the Club after a short spell at Egham Town, ended by a serious injury.  Welcome back Weighty.

Ashford will be itching to get back on their own pitch this evening (Tuesday) when they entertain Cockfosters FC from the Spartan South Midlands League in the re-arranged semi-final of the Middlesex Charity Cup from last season.  The situation, you may recall, came about following the discovery that Enfield Town had inadvertently played a suspended player against us back in January and were eventually expelled from the competition.

Tonight’s match now serves as a useful competitive match before the start of the season proper on Saturday 8 August and there is the added bonus for either ourselves or Cockfosters of a Cup Final on Saturday against Harrow Borough FC, which, rather disappointingly, is actually being played at Harrow, who will thus have an inbuilt advantage, quite apart from now playing their football two levels above either ourselves or Cockfosters.

Cockfosters last season did not enjoy a particularly successful season finishing in 18th place in their league, with 37 points but that will count for little this evening as we understand they have a new side and a new manager in Dean Barker who is reported as being pleased with his side’s efforts so far in their pre-season matches.  Meetings between our two clubs have been very infrequent over the years with just two to recount.  Back in September 1992, we were drawn at home to them in the Middlesex Senior Cup but in the absence of lights at the time, the match was played at Hampton & Richmond when we managed to win by two goals to nil, courtesy of goals from Andy Smith and Ian Miles.

The other meeting was far more recent and was in the 1st Round of the Charity Cup in October 2013.  It ended in a 1-1 draw, ours coming from Kofi Lockhart-Adams, but Cockfosters triumphed in the penalty shoot out, winning by four goals to two, our scorers being Joe Hughes and Jamie Connor.

Kick-off this evening is 7.45 p.m.

“I just wanted to keep supporters updated about squad news before tomorrow night’s semi-final. Firstly, I am very happy to announce the signings of Lewis Taylor, Jesse Atiase, Bayley Mummery, Bradley Wainright, George Marks and Harry Driver to the club for the forthcoming season.

Lewis is a centre half that I wanted to sign last season, where he spent the season as captain at Chertsey and has played the levels above in previous seasons. Jesse is a very able, talented and experienced forward who scored twice against our team last season, he is an intelligent player who will complement our style well. Bayley, who is a young 18 year old who was at Woking Academy and had valuable experience at Spelthorne last season, he has great vision and again is ideal for our philosophy and style of play.


Bradley, George and Harry all provide much needed squad depth and are all experienced heads on young shoulders, who when are all fully fit will be great assets to the club. Bradley is a forward with exceptional potential, George is a old-school style defender who has impressed me a lot in pre-season and Harry will be well-known to supporters from a couple of seasons back, who has improved immensely and once fully fit will be a tremendous defender to the squad.


We also welcome back the returning Mark Bitmead, plus the return of all of last season’s squad barring one or two exceptions, those being Sam Baffour (travelling and game time) and Elliott Jones (work studies) who were two players not to re-sign, but the rest of the squad were all signed on forms before the middle of June, which I was extremely proud of as it shows the ambition of the whole group to push this club on to great things this season.

We also promote Ilia Perovic into the full first-team set-up after his positive performances towards the end of last season, he will still be eligible for youth team football when necessary.

Mitchal Gough went on a trial at Staines Town two weeks ago and has done well, we obviously are always reluctant for players to leave us, but when the opportunity arises for a player to play at a much higher level then our current one then I cannot stop the player from going, we had numerous conversations about what was the right thing for him. He is a fantastic talent that must be playing week in, week out, at his age and if he can get that at Staines he will be more than able for the standard.


There are three additional players in which I am waiting to finalise signings in the next week or so who will add further experience to the squad and will keep you updated on them as and when.


I am quietly confident about the season ahead, we have had quite a low-key pre-season, which I think has been ideal for our squad, but there is no doubt it will be great to get back onto our home stadium pitch tomorrow night. Hopefully we can match, if not better, the support that we received last season.”

“I just wanted to keep supporters updated about squad news before tomorrow night’s semi-final. Firstly, I am very happy to announce the signings of Lewis Taylor, Jesse Atiase, Bayley Mummery, Bradley Wainright, George Marks and Harry Driver to the club for the forthcoming season.

Lewis is a centre half that I wanted to sign last season, where he spent the season as captain at Chertsey and has played the levels above in previous seasons. Jesse is a very able, talented and experienced forward who scored twice against our team last season, he is an intelligent player who will complement our style well. Bayley, who is a young 18 year old who was at Woking Academy and had valuable experience at Spelthorne last season, he has great vision and again is ideal for our philosophy and style of play.


Bradley, George and Harry all provide much needed squad depth and are all experienced heads on young shoulders, who when are all fully fit will be great assets to the club. Bradley is a forward with exceptional potential, George is a old-school style defender who has impressed me a lot in pre-season and Harry will be well-known to supporters from a couple of seasons back, who has improved immensely and once fully fit will be a tremendous defender to the squad.


We also welcome back the returning Mark Bitmead, plus the return of all of last season’s squad barring one or two exceptions, those being Sam Baffour (travelling and game time) and Elliott Jones (work studies) who were two players not to re-sign, but the rest of the squad were all signed on forms before the middle of June, which I was extremely proud of as it shows the ambition of the whole group to push this club on to great things this season.

We also promote Ilia Perovic into the full first-team set-up after his positive performances towards the end of last season, he will still be eligible for youth team football when necessary.

Mitchal Gough went on a trial at Staines Town two weeks ago and has done well, we obviously are always reluctant for players to leave us, but when the opportunity arises for a player to play at a much higher level then our current one then I cannot stop the player from going, we had numerous conversations about what was the right thing for him. He is a fantastic talent that must be playing week in, week out, at his age and if he can get that at Staines he will be more than able for the standard.


There are three additional players in which I am waiting to finalise signings in the next week or so who will add further experience to the squad and will keep you updated on them as and when.


I am quietly confident about the season ahead, we have had quite a low-key pre-season, which I think has been ideal for our squad, but there is no doubt it will be great to get back onto our home stadium pitch tomorrow night. Hopefully we can match, if not better, the support that we received last season.”

Ashford suffered a defeat on Saturday when Marlow won by the only goal of the match scored some eight minutes before the end of the game.  It came about following a disputed free kick into the area when a Marlow header eventually found the back of the net.

Overall, the match, played at Addlestone Leisure Centre, was even throughout and manager Ben Murray won’t be too unhappy with the performance of his troops, missing a number of the squad for one reason or another in a physical match that will do no harm to the season’s preparations. 

On a small and surprisingly dry pitch after the previous day’s heavy rain, Ashford will be pleased to get back to their own ground on Tuesday evening, when they will entertain Spartan S. Midlands side Cockfosters FC in a re-arranged Middlesex Charity Cup semi-final from last season.  It will be good to have a competitive match before the start of the league season and the prize for the winners will be a Cup Final against Harrow Borough on Saturday 1 August.

Several new players have been signed in recent days and manager Ben Murray will be compiling a report for all Ashford supporters, which will hopefully appear on the web site on Monday.

Replacement opponents have been found for Saturday and we will now be meeting Marlow FC, from the Southern League, on Saturday, at Addlestone Leisure Centre, kicking off at 3.00 p.m.

We are grateful to Marlow stepping in at short notice and well done to Football Secretary Geoff Knock who spent a long time trying to find alternative opponents.  The full address of the Leisure Centre is in one of the previous articles.

Lightning does strike twice as Ascot United have now become the second club in a week to pull out of a pre-season friendly against us, which leaves us looking for opponents on Saturday.  Efforts are going on to find a different club to play but if any clubs read this and would like a match, please contact Geoff Knock on 07896 792792.  We have the pitch booked at Addlestone Leisure Centre, plus three officials.

A hastily arranged match against a Basingstoke Town Under-21 squad on Tuesday evening saw Ashford rack up their fourth consecutive victory in pre-season, winning comfortably in the end by four goals to nil.

Wise football men do not get carried away by friendly results but there is no doubt that Ben Murray’s new look squad is shaping up nicely.  Some of the very impressive new players have yet to commit themselves but if all or most of them do so, Ashford could certainly approach the season with a degree of guarded confidence.

The opening period of yesterday evening’s match did not suggest a Tangerine victory as the clearly talented visitors’ squad held on to the ball almost exclusively for some five minutes, although, that said, they did not look penetrative, much of the possession being in their own half.

Ashford got to grips and showed how it should be done with the first goal on ten minutes.  Mark Bitmead, back in a tangerine shirt, looked determined to make up for lost time and whilst usually the finisher, this time he put in a predatory first time ball from deep on the left, to allow one of our newcomers to take the chance with great aplomb.

After that Ashford generally just improved and it was no real surprise when Dan Fleming doubled the lead shortly before half-time.  The main provider this time was Tommy Brunton whose left wing cross led to a shot from skipper Russell Canderton that was blocked but there was no stopping Fleming as he hammered home the rebound.

Although Basingstoke continued to look decent in possession, it is fair to say they rarely converted their possession into clear cut chances.  It was a different story for Ashford, who scored two more goals after the interval, both excellent finishes, from two of our newcomers.

We now move on to Saturday which will see Ashford playing against Hellenic League side Ascot United, who went a long way in the FA Vase last season.  It will be another excellent test and the match this week is at Addlestone Leisure Centre, School Lane, Addlestone, KT15 1TD, kicking off at the more traditional 3.00 p.m.

After that everyone will be itching to get back to playing at our own ground and the first match at Short Lane will be on Tuesday 28 July when, of course, we will be entertaining Cockfosters FC in the much delayed Middlesex Charity Cup Semi-Final from last season.  The winners will go on to meet Harrow Borough in the Final on Saturday 1 August.  More in due course.

Thanks to some quick work by Manager Ben Murray, an alternative match has now been arranged for tomorrow evening (Tuesday)

We will now be playing Basingstoke Town U21 at Egham Leisure Centre, kick-off 6.45 p.m.

Ashford continued their pre-season build up on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Sussex League side Loxwood, the club who knocked the Tangerines out of the FA Vase last season.

The match took place at Egham Leisure Centre once again and once again a number of triallists took part over the 90 minutes.  It was an even start but Ashford had an early chance to go ahead when Samad Kazi was fouled in the area, but Jack Beadle’s effort was well saved.  From the resulting corner though It was the returning Joe Green who put Ashford ahead on 6 minutes when he latched onto a corner from Alex Fisher that the keeper couldn’t gather, and sent a very decent header looping over the custodian into the far corner.

Loxwood had plenty of players who had played in last season’s Vase match and caused the Ashford rearguard some problems.  Within minutes they had equalised from a very similar goal to that scored by Ashford.

Kazi was then sent in by a penetrating through ball from Beadle but had strayed just offside and his effort was disallowed.  Loxwood should then have gone ahead when an error by keeper Tobin gave the visitors a golden opportunity but they fluffed their lines as Ashford got back quickly.

Just before the half-hour mark, Ashford went ahead again.  Another well placed pass from Tommy Brunton found ace marksman Dan Fleming who had some work to do but his control enabled him to take the ball down before slotting home with aplomb.

After that Ashford generally looked stronger than their opponents and effectively sealed the match on 68 minutes when the speedy Kazi took advantage when, under no great pressure,  Loxwood gave the ball away and there was no stopping the young Ashford striker as he raced clear evading a desperate challenge from the keeper before scoring in to an empty net.

Any number of substitutions from both sides inevitably upset the rhythm of the match but although sub keeper Jake Taylor had to make a smart save near the end, Ashford remained largely untroubled and manager Ben Murray was generally pleased with the performance and the ongoing preparation.

The next match was to have been against Frimley Green on Tuesday evening, again at Egham Sports Centre but our opponents have had to pull out.  Secretary Geoff Knock is trying to find a replacement team at short notice so keep your eye on the web site for further details.

In the mantime, please note that next Saturday’s match against Hellenic League Ascot United is to be played at Addlestone Leisure Centre, kick-off 3.00 pm.  Further details of that one later in the week.

Ashford continue their build-up on Saturday with a match against Loxwood FC, who knocked the Tangerines out of the FA Vase last season.  They were a good side and this will undoubtedly be a stiff test for Ashford as the new season increases momentum.

Once again the match is being played at Egham leisure Centre, Vicarage Road, Egham and kicks off at 4.00 p.m.

CB Hounslow have been something of a bogey side for Ashford recently but the Tangerines came out on top on Tuesday evening, winning by four goals to three in another match that had a low key feeling about it.  It was useful though for manager Ben Murray to have his first look at the rapidly developing squad in action in this pre-season, following his sojourn at the Wimbledon tennis.

Plenty of established players were absent for one reason or another but some of the triallists on show were more than prominent, and indeed scored two of the four goals.  As agreed with the manager, we won’t be naming any new players until they have actually registered for the Club.

CB Hounslow had a number of ex-Ashford players in their ranks, including the Bamford brothers, Nick Hardy and Vinnie Hodge and their overall performance suggested that they will certainly be a force in Division One of the CCL this coming season.

Nevertheless, Ashford took a two goal lead, the second coming from the newly signed Bailey Mummery, only to be pegged back on the stroke of half-time, and CB then equalised ten minutes into the second period.  Samad Kazi, held back in the first half, along with Tommy Brunton, then gave Ashford the lead on 75 minutes but some sloppy defending two minutes later gave CB another equaliser.  Ashford had the last word though, when another triallist, in this case one who will be well known to Ashford supporters, made the game safe right at the death with the fourth goal from a fierce but deflected shot.

There should be further news of confirmed signings after Thursday’s training session, whilst the next match is on Saturday when Ashford will play against Loxwood, who knocked them out of the FA Vase last season.  This game is currently scheduled to kick off at 4.00 p.m. at Egham Leisure Centre but should that change, the details will be put on the website later in the week.

We have been advised that Tuesday evening’s match away to CB Hounslow United will not take place at Bedfont & Feltham FC but at their own ground, the address of which is OSTERLEY SPORTS CLUB, TENTELOW LANE, NORWOOD GREEN, MIDDLESEX, UB5 6UR.

There are no floodlights at the ground so kick-off is now 7.00 p.m.

Ashford started their pre-season preparation with a low key but useful match against Ash United on Saturday at Egham Leisure Centre.  There were one or two very interesting newcomers but they will be named once they have signed on the dotted line.  In addition three of last season’s youth squad made an appearance, with one in particular standing out in central defence, Ilia Perovic, who had actually managed a few games up front at the end of last season.

Ash were game opponents but Ashford generally held the whip hand, winning reasonably comfortably by four goals to one, playing some controlled and impressive football at times upon a rock hard and bumpy surface on an unexpectedly breezy afternoon.  “Man of the Match” Max Webb scored the opening goal on 16 minutes when he firmly headed home a cross from Alex Fisher.  That was a good goal but on the half-hour he doubled the lead with an even better second goal, a fierce effort whistling into the net from some distance.

Ash were not laying down and enjoyed rather more of the ball immediately before and after half-time but could do nothing about the third goal following some magic from Dan Fleming and how good to see him back in Ashford’s colours and working very hard for the whole 90 minutes.

The game became rather tepid for a while but it was Ashford who scored again when Samad Kazi, looking extremely fit, pounced upon a defensive error to beat the keeper and tap home.

The match was over but it was the visitors who had the last word, a fierce dipping volley from debutant Paul Bangura giving sub keeper Jake Taylor no chance.

Ashford now go to CB Hounslow on Tuesday evening, kick-off 7.30 p.m.  The address of the ground is Bedfont & Feltham FC, The Orchard, Hatton Road, Bedfont, TW14 9QT.  Manager Ben Murray will be back, following his duties at Wimbledon tennis for the last two weeks.

Ashford have their opening friendly of the new season coming up this Saturday (11 July) when they will be facing old friends and rivals, Ash United.

There is though a change of venue, as the back pitch at Short Lane is not yet ready for football to be played on it, the lack of rain being a major factor.  The match will now be played at Egham Leisure Centre, Vicarage Road, Egham TW20 8NL  and the kick-off time has been moved to 4.00 p.m.

In the meantime, several players from last season have re-registered.  So far Ryan Dearden, Dan Fleming, Alex Fisher, Joe Green, Samad Kazi, Ilia Perovic, Mason Roseboom, Tyler Tobin and Max Webb have all signed on with plenty more to follow.  Bailey Mummery, who was with Spelthorne Sports last season, has also signed.  

 

Ashford find themselves with one of the longer trips in the Extra-Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, as they will be travelling around 72 miles to face Northants side Wellingborough Town in the competition on Saturday 15 August.

The informative Wellingborough web site states that they are the 6th oldest club in the country, being formed back in 1867.  They are also the oldest club in Northamptonshire.  Their best ever performance in the FA Cup came back in 1965 when they lost to Aldershot in the 1st Round Proper.  Phil Neal played for the club before going on to make his name with Liverpool.

More recently, they finished in 15th place last season in the United Counties League, with 12 wins and 21 defeats in their 40 matches.  They have recently appointed a new manager Jamie Wright, who is an ex-player.  In the FA Cup last season, they found themselves defeated in the Extra-Preliminary Round by Bedfont & Feltham, who won 4-2.

We shall look forward to meeting brand new opponents and there will be more on the tie nearer the time.

The draw has also been made for the Preliminary Round, in which either Wellingborough or ourselves will play at home to one of Oxhey Jets or AFC Kempston Rovers.  Oxhey play in the Spartan South Midlands League and Kempston are in the United Counties League with Wellingborough.

The FA Youth Cup sees us with a bye in the opening round, followed by a trip to Northwood U18's in the 2nd Qualifying Round.

In the FA Vase, our 3rd place finish has resulted in an exemption to the 1st Round Proper, the draw for which has not yet been made.

Ashford will be holding an Under-18 Trial Evening for their midweek Ryman Youth League squad on Wednesday 6 August on the training pitches.

The details are as follows:

Meet Time: 6.30pm in the clubhouse for a 7pm start

Ends: around 9pm

To reserve a place on the trial day please send the following details to U18 Manager, Sean Caldwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Preferred Playing Position/Positions
  • Email address
  • Mobile number

The Under-18 side play in the Ryman Youth League and also enter the FA Youth Cup.  For players who progress, there is a real chance of making it into the 1st Team in due course.  For example, no less than seven of the squad who faced Andover Town in the most recent friendly, previously played in Ashford’s youth teams

A little bit of club history was made on Saturday afternoon, as the Robert Parker Stadium staged an international match for the first time. The fixture was a European Deaf Football Championship qualifier between Great Britain and Sweden and the selection of Ashford Town (Middlesex) to stage this decisive fixture was both an honour for the club and a tribute to all those - past and present - who have helped develop what was once wasteland into the ground we know today.

The match was the final fixture in a three-team qualifying group for the 2015 continental tournament, which will take place in Hanover, Germany. Both nations had already played Belgium and Sweden arrived at the RPS knowing that, thanks to their 1-0 home win over the Red Devils, a draw would secure their place in the Championship. For Great Britain - who had led 2-0 in Belgium before losing 3-2 - a win by any scoreline would see them through on the head-to-head comparisons, while a 3-2 victory for Team GB would enable both Sweden and Great Britain to qualify.

On a sweltering day, a sizeable crowd turned out to witness what was a very good match indeed, with both teams displaying a high level of technical ability. Great Britain dominated the game from the start and created chance after chance, but were unable to take advantage. This was in part due to an outstanding display of goalkeeping by visiting stopper John Novak, but GB were also guilty of some wayward finishing. Britain's Andrew Reay did manage to beat Novak with a clever flicked header, but was unfortunate to see the ball hit the far post and spin out of the goal.

With the game goalless at half time, Sweden made a double substitution in an effort to shore their team up but it was Great Britain who scored just three minutes into the second half, Andrew Reay's strike proving too good for Novak.

Great Britain continued to dominate possession, although they were not creating chances in the same volume as they had during the first half and the home side would come to rue not making the most of their earlier opportunities to score. Midway through the second half, Sweden brought on Jacob Maiss for Nabil Tebibel and with fifteen minutes to go, the substitute struck what turned out to be Sweden's only shot on target, beating home keeper John Atkinson and levelling the scores.

Although Great Britain swarmed forward in search of a second goal, Novak continued to play imperiously in goal, although the visitors rode their luck at times, clearing one effort off the line and somehow surviving in the final seconds when a low cross flashed across the face of goal and the home side came agonisingly close to putting it into the net.

The Swedes celebrated enthusiastically with their supporters at the end of the game, while for Great Britain there is one final chance to make it to Germany, as the team will now play Norway in a play-off for one of the final three places at next year's European Championship. That match is to be played in September and GB will enjoy home advantage again. The date and venue of the match will be influenced by the Norwegian team's travel arrangements, as well as other factors, but regardless of that we thank Great Britain Deaf Football for giving us the honour of staging the match and hope that the day was largely an enjoyable one.    

Everything continued to go to plan on Friday evening as Ashford overcame a youthful and at times, impressive Andover Town from the Wessex League by three goals to two, thanks to an 86th minute penalty, blasted home by Rob Curtis.

A reasonable attendance of 103 saw Ashford and Andover testing each other out for the first ten minutes but as the game progressed, Ashford started to dominate possession and but for some fairly wild, or on other occasions, tame, finishing, might have developed a comfortable lead.  Nevertheless, it was the visitors who had the best opportunity but Tyler Tobin pulled off a superb save to tip the ball over.

The breakthrough came on 31 minutes and it was a goal that would have pleased manager Ben Murray.  A text book short corner was worked well and a pin-point cross from Alex Fisher was firmly headed home by Jack Mullan.

Ashford continued to enjoy more of the possession at this stage and whilst there were no further goals before half-time, they seemed to have a good grip on the match.  It took just 20 seconds though to jolt the Ash Trees out of any complacency as Andover equalised immediately and for a while the old maxim that goals change matches was never more evident as the visitors suddenly looked just like a team that had only lost three league matches all last season.  After a further six minutes they demonstrated their confidence by going ahead, with Ashford looking a little stunned by the turn of events.

Both sides made regular changes as the half went on but Ashford gradually settled down again and deservedly equalised just after the hour mark.  Again it was an excellent goal that exemplified the potential partnership this season of Mark Bitmead and Dan Fleming.  This time it was Bitmead with a stirring left wing run who crossed for Fleming to deftly notch his fifth pre-season goal to level the scores.  Without going overboard, if Ashford had possessed the goal threat posed by these two, last season, it would have been a reasonable bet that they would not have found themselves in Step 5 football this season.

Anyway, Ashford continued to press and on the run of play and numbers of overall chances, deserved the winner from the spot as mentioned.  Referee Gill administered the match with some good common sense and it was a pleasant evening all round.

The experiment of a Friday evening game was interesting and Ashford may well look to play a few more local league games on Fridays this season if their opponents are willing.

Date

H/A

Opponents

Comp.

Res.

Scorers

12/07/14

A

Sheerwater

PSM

4-1

Bitmead 3, Brunton

17/07/14

H

CB Hounslow United

PSM

0-1

 

19/07/14

H

South Park

PSM

2-1

Jones, Moody

22/07/14

H

Staines Lammas

JRT

9-0

Fleming 4, Bitmead 2, Beadle, Kazi, Brimah

25/07/14

H

Andover Town

PSM

3-2

Mullan, Fleming, Curtis (pen)

02/08/14

H

Cove

CCL

1-2

Bitmead

06/08/14

A

Colliers Wood United

CCL

3-0

Beadle, Fleming, Curtis

09/08/14

A

Westfield

CCL

2-0

Fisher, Hughes

12/08/14

H

Camberley Town

CCL

1-0

Hughes 

16/08/14

H

Berkhamsted

FAC ep

3-1

Bitmead 2, Fleming 

23/08/14

A

Knaphill

CCL

4-0

Harris, Fleming 2, Moody 

25/08/14

H

Bedfont Sports

CCL

4-1 

Fleming, Hughes 2, Bitmead

30/08/14

02/09/14

H

A

Daventry

Daventry

FAC pre

 

1-1 

2-1

Bitmead

Mullan

06/09/14

A

Frimley Green

CCL

3-1

 Bitmead 3

13/09/14

 16/09/14

H

H

Guildford City

Southall

CCL

MCC

3-0 

3-0

Fleming,Beadle, Bitmead (pen)

 Moody,Beadle, Bitmead

20/09/14

A

Horley Town

CCL

4-0 

Bitmead 3, Beadle

27/09/14

H

Farnham Town

CCL

3-1 

Bitmead,Brunton,Beadle 

30/09/14

H

CB Hounslow United

LC2

5-0 

Dearden(pen),Thornley, Kazi 2 ,Moody 

04/10/14

H

Chertsey Town

CCL

3-1

Beadle,Hughes,Canderton 

11/10/14 

14/1014

A

A

Spelthorne Sports

Chessington & Hook

CCL

SCCC

1-1

P

Canderton

Pitch Waterlogged

18/10/14

A

Epsom & Ewell

CCL

4-2 

Fleming 3,Bitmead 

21/10/14

H

Harefield United

MSC1

4-1 

Fleming 2, Moody 2 

25/10/14

H

Mole Valley SCR

CCL

3-1

Bitmead 2, Mullan 

01/11/14

04/11/14

H

A

Loxwood 

Woking

FAV 1

SSC

2-3 

3-0

Fleming,Bitmead 

Webb 2,Bitmead

08/11/14

A

Hartley Wintney

CCL

0-0

 

11/11/14

H

Bedfont Sports

MSC2

4-4

Beadle 2,Green,Moody AET.

Bedfont Win 4-2 0n Penalties

15/11/14

18/11/14

H

H

Badshot Lea

Ash

CCL

ASC2

3-2 

4-2

Fleming 2, Mullan

Osuhor 2, Fleming, Kazi

22/11/14

25/11/14

02/12/14

A

H

A

Raynes Park

Windsor

Chertsey

CCL

CCL

CCL

1-3 

2-3

4-0

 Beadle (pen)

Fleming,Jones

Canderton,Fleming2, Fisher

06/12/14

09/12/14

H

A

Molesey

Camberley

CCL

CRR.PC

0-1 

0-3

 

13/12/14

16/12/14

A

H

Cove

Chessington & Hook

CCL

SCCC

4-3

3-1

Beadle,Webb,Bitmead 2 

Kazi,Gough,Webb

20/12/14

H

Raynes Park Vale

CCL

2-1 

Bitmead,Fleming

27/12/14

H

Spelthorne Sports

CCL

3-1 

Fleming 2,Webb

03/01/15

06/01/15

A

H

Farnham Town

Enfield

CCL

Cup

 P

1-3

Pitch Waterlogged

Beadle

10/01/15

14/01/15

17/01/15

H

A

H

Epsom&Ewell

Leatherhead

Westfield

CCL

SCCC

1-3 

3-2

1-2

Kazi

Gough(pen), Kazi, Beadle

Kazi

20/01/15

H

Fleet

A.S.Cup

1-3

Gough (pen) 

24/01/15

A

Badshot Lea

CCL

0-3

 

31/01/15

 

03/02/15

H

 

A

ColliersWood 

 

CB Hounslow

CCL

 

S.C.Cup

4-1

Gough (pen), Webb, Bitmead Baffour

 Postponed

07/02/15

 

10/02/16

H

 

A

Hartley Wintney

 

CB Hounslow

CCL

 

S.C.Cup

5-1 

 

1-1 AET

Bitmead, Kazi, Fleming 2, Curtis

 

Bitmead. Ashford lose 5-4 on penalties

14/02/15

17/02/15

A

H

Molesey

Westfield

CCL

S.S. Cup

 P

3-1

Pitch Waterlogged

Kazi 2, Fleming

21/02/15

24/02/15

A

A

Mole Valley SCR

Farnham Town

CCL

CCL

 P

 P

Pitch Waterlogged

Pitch Waterlogged

28/02/15

H

 

Horley Town

 

CCL

 

3-3 

Gough 2(1 Pen),Beadle

07/03/15

10/03/15

A

A

Guildford City

Merstham

CCL

S.S.Cup

3-2

3-4

Fleming. Canderton Beadle

Webb 2 Bitmead

14/03/15

17/03/15

A

A

Windsor

Molesey

CCL

CCL

4-3

0-1

Fleming 2, Bitmead 2

21/03/15

24/03/15

A

A

Hanworth Villa

Mole Valley SCR

CCL

CCL

0-3

5-3

 

Fleming 3,Canderton Kazi 

28/03/15

H

Frimley Green

CCL

3-1

Fleming,Beadle,Bitmead (Pen) 

04/04/15

H

Knaphill

CCL

2-2

Fleming Beadle

06/04/15

A

 

Bedfont Sports

 

CCL

2-0

Fleming 2

11/04/15

14/04/15

A

A

Camberley Town

Farnham Town

CCL

CCL

1-1 

0-1

Beadle

18/04/15

H

Hanworth Villa

CCL

2-0 

Kazi 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Club is looking to recruit both an Under-18 Manager and a Club Physio.

The Under-18’s play in the midweek high quality Ryman Youth League, competing against Conference clubs down, whilst the Physio job may suit someone looking for work experience towards their qualification.  You will need to be available for most Saturday matches and in midweek upon at least one evening a week.

Anyone interested in either position should contact 1st Team Manager Ben Murray on 07903 781121

Results in themselves are meaningless but Ashford’s pre-season preparation is continuing to gain momentum and following the win over South Park on Saturday, tenants Staines Lammas found themselves on the wrong end of a 0-9 defeat on Tuesday evening, enabling Ashford to retain the Jim Richardson Trophy.

Played on the back pitch, Ashford went ahead early on through newcomer Daniel Fleming and rarely looked back.  Two more goals followed before half-time, courtesy of Fleming and Jack Beadle, and then, as Ashford introduced the likes of Mark Bitmead and Samad Kazi, etc., the floodgates opened early in the second period with five more goals in a fifteen minute spell

Lammas steadied the ship a little after that and there was only one more goal scored some five minutes from the end by another debutant, Leithan Brimah.

Overall, for the record, the scorers were Fleming (4), Bitmead (2), Beadle, Samad Kazi and Brimah  Ashford are delighted that, following the match, the impressive Fleming signed CCL forms for the Club.

Ashford continue their build-up on Friday evening, when Wessex League Andover Town visit Short Lane.  Andover have been promoted to the Premier Division of the Wessex League this season after winning the League’s Division One last time round, losing just three matches in the process.  It would seem they possess a considerable strike force having already hit six and eight goals respectively in two of their own pre-season matches.  It should be a good test for Ben Murray’s side.

With the season drawing ever closer, things are becoming busy at Short Lane!

On Tuesday, it’s landlords v tenants as Ashford play Staines Lammas.  Kick-off time is now confirmed for 7.00 p.m. and Ashford will be giving an opportunity to several potential newcomers.

On Friday evening, Ashford will entertain Andover Town, from the Wessex League, in an interesting friendly, kicking off at 7.45 p.m. at Short Lane.

On Saturday though, we have the honour of staging an International match between GB Deaf and Sweden Deaf and is a vital game which will decide if GB qualify for the European Championships in 2015.  Please come along for this unusual and interesting match., which kicks off at 2.30 p.m.  Admission is just £5, children under 12, free.

Ashford will also be sending a side to play at Wraysbury on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

The Club said au revoir to Tori Cox last night as she is moving up to Newcastle.  Doubtless we will be seeing her again but it would be remiss of the web site not to wish her the very best of luck as she moves “oop north”.

Ashford met South Park Fc from Reigate for the first ever meeting between the clubs on Saturday and won by 2 goals to 1, coming from behind after going down one down on 35 minutes.

Considering the heat, both sides put on an entertaining display.  Ashford fielded Mark Bitmead and Rob Curtis, both looking stronger physically following their foreign sojourn.  With the forceful Max Webb also returning to the side after three seasons absence, Ashford have a strong look about them but it was the visitors who took the lead on 35 minutes when a long cross seemed to catch everyone out, leaving the scorer with an easy task of nodding the ball home, Ashford appealing in vain for offside.

It was a little hard on Ashford but the Ash Trees  enjoyed far greater possession in the second period and were rewarded for their efforts on 65 minutes when Webb sent over a cross, enabling the classy  Elliott Jones to send a looping header over the young visiting keeper’s head.

With newcomer Dan Fleming showing up well as a second half substitute, Ashford continued to look sharp and they scored again some five minutes from the end when Conor Moody  drilled an effort past the keeper.

As well as those mentioned above, Joe Hughes is back with the Club after leaving Staines Town, whilst Alex Fisher looks to be sealing his place at left back, despite his tender years.  Overall, whilst results mean little in these matches, this was an encouraging performance against the Club who dominated the CCL last season and were rightly promoted to the Ryman League, Div 1 South, where we wish them good luck.

Ashford meet Lammas in their next friendly on Tuesday evening.

 

 

Ashford made two “big” signings last night, although neither will be on the pitch!

Firstly, Angie Payne, who was with Staines Town for several years until she left at the end of last season, has joined Ashford as Commercial Manager and given her track record in attracting funding, this is likely to be a very significant step forward for the Club, as despite everyone’s best efforts, we have generally lacked a specific person with the knowledge and experience required in this area.  That gap has hopefully been filled by Angie who is also working with Virginia Water FC.  We welcome her to the Club.

Also, we can now confirm the appointment of Stuart Cooley as the new bar manager, who has assumed the role fully after “practising” over the last few weeks.  Stuart has hit the ground running and we are delighted to have him in this position.  He will continue to be assisted by Bob Parker and Sue Cox, both of whom work tirelessly to ensure that the bar is fully stocked and functioning efficiently, which is just as well given how busy the bar has been lately.  Thanks also go to Phil Marshal who has also worked extremely hard to keep things running following the resignation of Iain Messenger and Sue Thorne. 

It is right also that the Club records its thanks to both Iain and Sue for their hard work, in Iain’s case over many years.

Chairman Dave Baker is back on his feet following his triple by-pass operation and is making a steady recovery from a routine but still major operation.  He is clearly getting better though and we are pleased to see him back in action.

Too many to name them all but special thanks to Simon Munns and Gary Tomany who have been busy all week, along with their "assistants" in gradually sprucing up the ground inside and out.  There is still plenty going on but the new fencing along one side is now complete and once again we thank Messrs. Hitchcock and King for their valuable assistance in providing materials at a substantial discount.

On Saturday, the 1st Team will play their first serious friendly at home to South Park, who have just been promoted to the Ryman League after winning the CCL last season.  They will doubtless provide a stiff test for Ashford's young squad.  Kick-off at Short Lane is 3.00 p.m.  The tea bar will be open tomorrow but only for drinks and light refreshments.

The League has released the opening week’s fixtures and Ashford will be at home to Cove in their first game back in the CCL, on Saturday 2 August, kick-off 3.00 p.m.  Cove have been one of the stronger teams in the League in recent seasons, finishing in 5th place last time round.  The last time we met Cove in a league fixture was in February 2000, when neither side could break the deadlock in a 0-0 draw.  The only meeting since that time was in the Aldershot Senior Cup on 5 December 2012 when Ashford lost by five goals to three, ours coming from Mark Bitmead, Harry Roberts and Tommy Mooney.

The first away match will be on Wednesday 6 August, when Ashford will travel to Colliers Wood United FC.  Our two clubs met last season in the Surrey Senior Cup, when a late goal from Mark Gallagher gave us a 2-1 win, our other scorer being Robbie Sitch, one of only two goals he scored for the Club.

The remainder of the season’s fixtures are due to be released on 23 July.

Ashford got their pre-season under way on Saturday at Sheerwater FC winning an entertaining match by 4 goals to 1.

Manager Ben Murray said:  “Good result yesterday against a spirited Sheerwater side. Mark Bitmead scored a hat-trick and Tommy Brunton also got on the scoresheet. We were 3-0 up at half time, Mark scoring the first two goals after some quick tempo football, Tommy scoring the 3rd, before Bitmead scored from the penalty spot a few minutes into the second half. A good workout and exactly the right game for the first of pre-season. We should thank Sheerwater for their hospitality and also for the performance of the referee, who was superb. We go again on Thursday night against CB Hounslow on the outside pitch.”

Both Mark Bitmead and Rob Curtis have now received the necessary International Clearance after playing in Australia last year and both are expected to be major signings for Ashford this new season.

There was a short statement on the Sheerwater web site, which echoed Ben’s views, stating “Sheers took on the new club Ashford Town who will be playing in the CCL Premier Dvision next season.  Great game, good refereeing, Quality performance from the visitors, well done Sheerwater on an entertaining match.”

Don’t forget that there is to be a work party on Tuesday and Thursday evening this week, from 5.00 p.m. on, when Simon Munns will be co-ordinating the various tasks that need to be completed.  The next match is this coming Thursday when Ashford will again field triallists in a match at home to CB Hounslow on the back pitch

Ashford got their pre-season under way on Saturday at Sheerwater FC winning an entertaining match by 4 goals to 1.

Manager Ben Murray said:  “Good result yesterday against a spirited Sheerwater side. Mark Bitmead scored a hat-trick and Tommy Brunton also got on the scoresheet. We were 3-0 up at half time, Mark scoring the first two goals after some quick tempo football, Tommy scoring the 3rd, before Bitmead scored from the penalty spot a few minutes into the second half. A good workout and exactly the right game for the first of pre-season. We should thank Sheerwater for their hospitality and also for the performance of the referee, who was superb. We go again on Thursday night against CB Hounslow on the outside pitch.”

Both Mark Bitmead and Rob Curtis have now received the necessary International Clearance after playing in Australia last year and both are expected to be major signings for Ashford this new season.

There was a short statement on the Sheerwater web site, which echoed Ben’s views, stating “Sheers took on the new club Ashford Town who will be playing in the CCL Premier Dvision next season.  Great game, good refereeing, Quality performance from the visitors, well done Sheerwater on an entertaining match.”

Don’t forget that there is to be a work party on Tuesday and Thursday evening this week, from 5.00 p.m. on, when Simon Munns will be co-ordinating the various tasks that need to be completed.  The next match is this coming Thursday when Ashford will again field triallists in a match at home to CB Hounslow on the back pitch

After a week of intensive training, Ashford embark upon their opening pre-season match on Saturday, when they travel to CCL Division One side Sheerwater.  Although the majority of last season’s squad are back in training, there are a number of triallists at the club and it is likely that several of them will be given an opportunity tomorrow to see what they can do.

The address of the ground is Sheerwater Recreation Ground, Blackmore Crescent, Sheerwater, GU21 5QJ and kick-off is 3.00 p.m.

Ashford then have another low key friendly on Thursday evening, when they will entertain CB Hounslow at home, on the back pitch, before the first game on the main pitch on Saturday 19 July, at home to South Park FC who have just been promoted to the Ryman League, having won the CCL last season.

One additional match has now been added to the schedule:  Ashford will entertain Andover Town at Short Lane on Friday 25 July, kick-off 7.45 p.m. before sending a squad to Wraysbury FC the following day with a 3.00 p.m. kick-off.

Thanks to Simon Munns, Graham and Stuart Cooley and others, a huge amount of work has been going on at the ground in recent weeks and the new fencing, kindly supplied at very low cost by Messrs. Hitchcock and King, is now completed along the near touchline.  The home dressing room is undergoing re-decoration whilst our friends from Lammas, who will be using the away dressing room as their home dressing room, are set to decorate it over the next week or so.

There is still quite a bit to do though and THE CLUB WISHES TO ORGANISE A WORKING PARTY ON TUESDAY AND THURSDAY NEXT WEEK.  If you can spare an hour or two on either or both of those evenings, Simon will be at the ground from 5.00 p.m.  We really do need any active bodied committee personnel along with supporters, etc. to turn up to help get the ground in pristine condition for the season.

The opening week’s league fixtures will be issued next week, whilst the full list will be publicised on 23 July.  We do not have any of our County Cup draws yet but we will be at home in the FA Cup to Spartan S. Midlands side Berkhamsted FC over the weekend of 15-17 August.  Lammas have also been drawn at home, to Bedfont Sports in an intriguing local derby and Football Secretary Geoff Knock will very shortly be sorting out who will play on which days over that weekend.  It may be that Ashford will play on the Friday if Berkhamsted are agreeable, with Lammas playing on the Saturday.  If Berkhamsted don’t wish to do that, Ashford will play on the Saturday, and Lammas and Bedfont can choose whether they wish to play on the Friday or the Sunday.

The new kit has been ordered and will hopefully be available for the first match on Saturday 2 August.  It will bear the new JAS logo, with JAS having kindly sponsored this season’s kit.  A new away strip is also being ordered.

Please note that membership is renewable by 31 July.  Costs have not changed with the annual fee remaining at £25 (£15 for OAP’s).  Entry to the ground for competitive matches will also remain unchanged at £8 for adults, with concessions for OAP’s (over 65) at £5 and for children under 16 and students (with proof) at just £1.

This season’s team photo will hopefully be taken on Friday 25 July prior to the Andover match, at 7.00 p.m. and committee personnel who would like to be in it are welcome to attend.

Finally it is hoped to appoint a new bar manager in the very near future and an announcement will be made over the next few days.

Doombar is being given a rest for the next few weeks, next up on Saturday will be Wells Bombadier Burning Gold, a lighter summer version of the normal Bombadier at 4.1%. Following that we will have Youngs Humming Bird at 4.2%. Don't worry Doombar will be back soon.

Ashford have a home draw in the FA Cup and will meet Berkhamsted FC in the Extra-Preliminary Round on Saturday 16 August.  Berkhamsted were formed from the ashes of the old Berkhamsted Town and compete in the Spartan South Midlands League in which they did well last season, finishing in 5th position.

The two clubs have not previously met in senior football although Ashford did meet with Berkhamsted Town when both clubs were in the Ryman League.  Indeed, the final league match between the clubs marked the end of Dave Kent’s managerial reign when Ashford lost 1-8 at Berkhamsted on 27 March 2002 in a Ryman League Division 2 contest, Scott Todd scoring our goal in the dying seconds.  The Ash Trees did gain a measure of revenge in the final meeting between the clubs on 18 November 2003, when Ashford beat their opponents 2-0 at home in the 2nd Round of the League Cup, then known as the Bryco Cup.  The scorer on that occasion was Steve Croxford who notched both goals.

The winners of the contest will be at home to Daventry Town in the Preliminary Round and they, of course, would need no introduction, having been regular league opponents over the last few seasons.  Looking further ahead, whoever eventually comes out on top, will travel to Hitchin Town in the 1st Qualifying Round.

In the FA Vase, Ashford are exempt until the 1st Round Proper, for which the draw has yet to be made.

The Under-18’s have managed to escape both Harefield and Hayes & Yeading, both of whom we have habitually been drawn against in recent seasons.  This year, they have a bye in the Preliminary Round and will entertain Metropolitan Police U18 in the 1st Qualifying Round.  That will inevitably be a tough match with the Police members of the Ryman Youth League

Date

H/A

Opponents

Comp.

Score

Scorers

07/08/13

H

Molesey

PSM

2-2

TBC

10/08/13

H

Staines Town

LAB

0-1

-

21/08/13

A

Hampton & Richmond Borough

RYLW

1-3

Daas

27/08/13

H

Aldershot Town

RYLW

0-3

-

02/09/13

A

Woking

RYLW

1-4

Daas

09/09/13

H

Hayes & Yeading United

RYLW

0-4

-

16/09/13

H

Woking

LFC1

0-5

-

24/09/13

A

Berkhamstead

FAYC1Q

1-3

TBC

30/09/13

A

Camberley Town

RYLW

1-2

TBC

07/10/13

H

Bedfont Sports

RYLW

1-3

Huntley

16/10/13

A

Enfield Town

MSYC1

4-6 aet

TBC

           

28/10/13

A

Hayes & Yeading United

RYLW

1-6

Fountain

           

21/11/13

A

Northwood

RYLW

2-2

Fountain

02/12/13

A

Aldershot Town

RYLW

1-9

McNabb

09/12/13

H

Woking

RYLW

1-9

Warrington

16/12/13

H

Hampton & Richmond Borough

RYLW

1-0

Fisher

20/01/14

H

Potters Bar Town

RYLW

1-6

Fountain

           

03/02/14

H

Staines Town

RYLW

1-2

Howard

           

24/02/14

H

Northwood

RYLW

1-2

Warrington

10/03/14

A

Staines Town

RYLW

4-1

Fountain, Umoh 2, Holehouse

19/03/14

A

Bedfont Sports

RYLW

1-1

Umoh

02/04/14

H

Camberley Town

RYLW

0-2

-

22/04/14

A

Potters Bar Town

RYLW

1-8

Fountain