Non-League Matters: We have 11 cup finals left, says Ashton United boss

Ashton United joint-manager Steve Halford has labelled each remaining match of the club’s campaign as a cup final.

The Robins are sixth in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division – three points outside the play-off spots – and are looking to repeat October’s 4-1 win over Marine when they visit the Merseyside club tomorrow.  

Halford has warned his players of the difficult task ahead as they begin the first of three matches in a crucial week.

“It is vital to keep the momentum. We have to keep it going and must win eight out of the remaining 11 matches to get into the play-offs.

“We need to build on last Saturday’s win and will give it a good go – if we don’t win tomorrow then that could be it, each match is a cup final for us now.

“We need to stay in contention as long as possible and football is funny so anything can happen but it will be tough tomorrow, they will really be up for it.”

The Hurst Cross club have no injury worries for tomorrow’s clash and Halford is enjoying the fight for places.

He added: “The squad is strong and we have a couple of players who can’t get in at the minute because of the strong competition in training.

“They know that they need to perform to get a shirt, it is based on form and they have to show what they can do.”

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