Skip­per’s tip­ping Sal­is­bury for fi­nal

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sports -

Michael Phillips is tip­ping Sal­is­bury to go all the way to Wem­b­ley.

Ash­ford United’s last eight con­querors were paired with Here­ford in Mon­day’s draw, a semi-fi­nal to be played over two legs next month.

Satur­day’s 3-0 de­feat was Ash­ford’s first in 12 games and skip­per Phillips ad­mit­ted: “The Wem­b­ley dream is over but we go again, are still chas­ing the South­ern Coun­ties East League ti­tle and the Kent Se­nior Tro­phy, so we have just got to go on an­other run.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing but they were a good team.

“We had a cou­ple of good chances, we didn’t take them and they grew in con­fi­dence af­ter that.”

He added: “The game was played at a fast pace, quicker than I thought it would be. They took it to us and have got some good play­ers.

“We weath­ered the storm a lit­tle bit and we did quite well but the se­cond goal killed us. It was sloppy play, we didn’t clear our lines and were made to pay for it.” Phillips (pic­tured) be­lieves Sal­is­bury will take some stop­ping, with the Here­ford semi-fi­nal set to be played in front of two full houses.

He said: “I think they will get to the fi­nal. I have heard Here­ford are good as well but I am sure Sal­is­bury will be go­ing through the leagues quickly and will prob­a­bly be in Con­fer­ence South in two or three years.

“We want to be in Ry­man Divi­sion 1 South our­selves next sea­son and there is no rea­son why we can’t do it.

“We had a good run at the Vase and should be proud of our­selves. We have got to take that into the league and pick up as many points as we can.”

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