Next three games will test club’s cre­den­tials

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Danny Laslett be­lieves Ash­ford’s next three games will “make or break” their sea­son as they aim for an im­me­di­ate re­turn to South League Pre­mier Di­vi­sion hockey. Two big wins – against Wor­thing and Gore Court – in which they scored 15 goals and con­ceded none, have seen Ash­ford hit the ground run­ning af­ter a month-long mid-sea­son break. But head coach Laslett is pre­par­ing for tougher chal­lenges ahead, be­gin­ning with the trip to Old Bor­de­ni­ans on Satur­day. His team have suf­fered a blow with news that striker Matt Reede could be out for be­tween four and six weeks with a back in­jury, while young­ster Ronan Tag­gart is bat­tling to over­come a sick­ness bug in time to play this weekend. Ash­ford sit just above Old Bor­de­ni­ans in sec­ond spot on goal dif­fer­ence. Both clubs have 27 points – three be­hind lead­ers Tun­bridge Wells. Satur­day’s game is the first of three matches for Ash­ford against top-five sides. Next week they host fifth-placed Mar­den, be­fore trav­el­ling to lead­ers Wells. Laslett said: “They are three games which could be make or break for us. If we get a re­sult at Bor­de­ni­ans I will start to be­lieve we re­ally can do some­thing. “Bor­de­ni­ans play with plenty of spirit and heart and are a big phys­i­cal side. They seem to win their games by the odd goal, al­ways com­ing out on the right side, so we know we will have to fight to the end.”

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