Updated: Friday, 29th May 2020 @ 6:20am

Danny Johnson challenges Ashton United to build on Hednesford Town win in Evo-Stik Northern Premier

Danny Johnson challenges Ashton United to build on Hednesford Town win in Evo-Stik Northern Premier

By John McDougall

Ashton United manager Danny Johnson has challenged his players to build on last week’s away victory over Hednesford Town.

Ashton defeated Hednesford 2-1 thanks to two first-half Aaron Burns goals and play Kendal Town at Parkside on Tuesday evening.

The Robins currently sit seventh in the Evo-Stick Northern Premier Division after the weekend’s fixtures, but Johnson has warned his players about becoming complacent.

“Expectations need to be managed,” he told Ashton’s official website.

“We all, and that includes the supporters, need to realise that we have no divine right to go out and beat any team at this level of football.

“I have been in this game far too long to realise that football isn’t that easy and it has a nasty habit of biting you on the back side once you take your foot off the gas and become over confident.

“We can never become over confident and take our foot off the pedal – we must now work on our killer instinct and see teams off when we have them on the ropes.”

Ashton’s league form has been balanced by poor outings in the cup competitions, going out of the FA Cup and FA Trophy in quick succession to Marine and Ossett Town respectively.

Despite these disappointments, Johnson is pleased with the effort and commitment shown by his players is response to these losses.

He said: “They work extremely hard away from the games and they accept that they let themselves and the club down but they certainly didn’t lose those games because they didn’t care.

“When we lose it will never be for the want of trying, it will never be because we didn’t want to win and it certainly won’t be because we are a bad side.”

Johnson also praised the continuing support of the Ashton fans as the club aims to sustain its position near the top end of the table.

He said: “When we have games like that and like we did in the FA Cup (Marine) and FA Trophy (Ossett Town) the lads need the help of the supporters before, during and after games.

“If our supporters continue to get behind the lads and that includes on the fans forum after the games, you will always get everything from this group.”

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