Lovell stays pos­i­tive

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified - by Alex Birch

MAN­AGER Steve Lovell has set Ash­ford a tar­get of seven wins from their re­main­ing eight games as his side at­tempt to reach the Ry­man League Divi­sion 1 South play-offs for the first time.

Ash­ford’s pro­mo­tion hopes have taken a hit in re­cent weeks af­ter winning just one of the last six games, but Lovell re­mains pos­i­tive about his side’s chances.

He said: “Re­al­is­ti­cally we need to get six, prob­a­bly seven wins to make the play-offs, but that is well within our ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“We have a big game against Fleet Town which we des­per­ately need to win this Satur­day. It should be a good game with plenty of goals as a draw is no good to ei­ther side.

“If we can get the points, and also win the games against the other teams around us then we’ll give our­selves a great chance.”

A Tues­day night en­counter at strug­gling Chip­stead fol­lows Satur­day’s clash at Home­lands. Town have strug­gled of late on the road, with their lat­est set­back com­ing at Whyte­leafe. The man­ager, how­ever, isn’t too wor­ried.

He said: “When we were on our winning run we won more than our fair share of games away from home, and we will do the same again, hope­fully start­ing on Tues­day night.”

Lovell is ex­pected to name the same squad that trav­elled to Whyte­leafe for Satur­day’s game with Fleet. Top scorer Paul Jones is ex­pected to make the start­ing line-up fol­low­ing his re­turn from in­jury, in a sub­sti­tute role, last week­end.

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Willes­bor­ough’s Matt Mor­gan tack­les Josh Coles of Ruckinge dur­ing Satur­day’s Ash­ford Char­ity Tro­phy tie. Week­end foot­ball round-up, page 63

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