Released Dalhouse hits back
Andrew Dalhouse has hit back at Ashford United after being released for failing a fitness test.
The striker scored six goals in 15 games for the Nuts & Bolts but left Homelands under a cloud this week.
Ashford’s statement said: “We give players tests for their mental and physical fitness levels and he failed the latter. He couldn’t even complete a simple running session which is unacceptable at this stage of the season and he should be better.
“On Tuesday at training, he tells our physio he is injured but then goes to play for another team on Wednesday. That is not acceptable.
“He told us he couldn’t take part in training and this is all part of the reasoning for him being released, especially when you’re paid by Ashford United Football Club.
“You need to give 100% for that club and not play for another Andrew Dalhouse – six goals in 15 games for United (team) in between our own training nights.”
Dalhouse confirmed he had played for the Orpington & Bromley District Sunday League but insisted that shouldn’t have been a reason to let him go.
He said: “Truth is I shouldn’t be playing but I love the game and sometimes do play for extra levels of fitness.
“At times when I was scoring important goals and sparked the unbeaten run that helped solidify the club’s survival in the league, I was also featuring
‘I’ve not once missed any training session’
during extra games but I guess it wasn’t relevant then because I was needed.
“The management assumed I would miss training but since arriving at the club I’ve not once missed any training session or game despite living two hours away and being self-employed.
“It was probably just an excuse since alternative ways to test me mentally failed.”