Striker proves he’s a cut above

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Reliance Senior Trophy Final Special - By Mark Stokes

Match­win­ner Shaun Welford said de­feat was sim­ply not an op­tion for him af­ter the pain of last sea­son’s penalty heart­break against Shep­pey.

Welford failed to score in that con­test – which fin­ished goal­less – and he said that made him even more de­ter­mined to make his mark against Cray.

The striker, who cut the grass at home on the morn­ing match to take his mind off the game, said: “I was des­per­ate for this one.

“We lost this fi­nal last year and that’s been in the back of my mind all sea­son.

“I wanted to win this. In my lit­tle team talk be­fore the match I got last year’s losers’ medal and threw it straight in the bin and said ‘it means noth­ing’.

“You work hard all sea­son get­ting into a fi­nal and then you get a losers’ medal, it means noth­ing.

“I was hop­ing that would spur the boys on. It went down all right but three min­utes in we’ve con­ceded and I thought ‘Oh my God, oh no,’ but thank­fully we’ve got our­selves back in the game. I just so happy.”

“The first one, Ja­son Good­child got into a lit­tle bit of a scuf­fle with their cen­tre-half and I’ve made a run and it’s fell nicely to me. I think it’s come off a knee and a shin and it’s fallen nicely. I sent the de­fender the wrong way and slot­ted it into the bot­tom cor­ner, I liked that one – that was a re­ally good one.

“The sec­ond one, I al­ways tell the boys I’m go­ing to be back post so they know to hit deep crosses all the time.”

“Palms ( Ryan Palmer) has played a lovely lit­tle ball to (Ge­orge) Sav­age and he’s hit it first time, deep cross.

“The keeper went for that and I thought ‘he’s not get­ting that’ and they’re bread and but­ter for me.

“I know I’ve got a free header and it’s just a case of get­ting it on tar­get.”

Welford’s win­ner came at the end where most of the United fans were gath­ered and he paid tribute to their sup­port.

He added: “How good were they? It’s that old adage, they were like the 12th man.

“Fair play to them, ev­ery away game ev­ery home game, they out-sing the op­po­si­tion and for 90 min­utes to­day they were so loud. They de­serve this to­day, so in a way, it’s for them.”

‘I was des­per­ate for this one. We lost this fi­nal last year and that’s been in the back of my mind all sea­son’

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