We're still not the finished article by any means, says Ashford United boss Tommy Warrilow

Thursday 28th November 2019

ASHFORD UNITED manager Tommy Warrilow says his side are not the finished article.


The Nuts & Bolts remain in sixth-place in the Isthmian League South East Division after beating struggling Ramsgate 4-2 at Homelands Stadium on Tuesday night.

Cray Valley (Paper Mills) are top of the table with 28 points on the board from their 13 league games.

Hastings United – who thrashed bottom-of-the-table side East Grinstead Town 12-3 in the Velocity Trophy Group Four with Davide Rodari scoring eight goals in midweek – are second in the table with 25 points from 11 games, while Sevenoaks Town (24 points from 13 games); Whitehawk (23 points from 12 games) and VCD Athletic (22 points from 13 games) complete the play-off picture.

Ashford United are level on points with Keith McMahon’s side but with a game in hand going into their trip to Hythe Town on Saturday.

Steven Watt’s side are underperforming in the bottom five with 12 points from 14 games, seven points clear of East Grinstead Town.

“Same as every team, it’s going to be a tough game,” said Warrilow.

“It’s a local derby and they’ll be hurting from losing 4-1 at Three Bridges on Saturday.

“Watty’s gone in and brought some quality in there so it depends what Hythe turn up and what Ashford turns up because we can compete with anyone on our day but when we panic and flap we shoot ourselves in the foot, I’d like to see an actual team to score a goal and us to go ‘that was a good goal!’

“But I’m looking at the goals conceded on Tuesday night, we’ve contributed to a lot of them but the goals we score we have to work hard for.

“Every game in this league – look at Three Bridges on Saturday they’re not a bad side and I think that was their first win against Hythe – there’s no easy games.”

Warrilow said he is not satisfied with his side’s position in the league table.

“Honestly, I said to the chairman on Saturday, I am bothered about the league position but I’m really not because you win two or three games and you can go up, down or whatever,” said Warrilow.

“I’m just looking at how we play, how we can improve in every game. 

“I’ll be looking at the table in the middle of January. If we’re in and around the play-offs, or in the play-offs, top, just as long as we’re not a million miles away because the best time to come good is March.  You go into March and April picking a bit of momentum up.

“You’ve just got to stay in the pack. We’re still not the finished article by any means. There will probably be a couple of players coming in and a couple of players going out, maybe, maybe not.

“But one thing I do know through experience is I don’t get carried away whether you’re top, middle or bottom because three or four games can send you one way or the other.”

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Hythe Town  v  Ashford United
Isthmian League South East Division
Saturday 30 November 2019
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Reachfields Stadium, Fort Road, Hythe, Kent CT21 6JS