Re­leased Dal­house hits back

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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.”

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