Luke Coulson may have pipped Nathan Ashmore to the man of the match award on the night, but if it’s any consolation for the Fleet keeper, he’s romping home in the online vote. Nonetheless, Ashmore’s not begrudging Coulson his bottle of bubbly.
“It’s a team game, I don’t mind who wins man of the match as long as I keep clean sheets and we win the game,” he told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster, “so [Luke] can enjoy that champagne!”
Ashmore admitted that the derby atmosphere made for a different type of game but he was delighted his three saves had proved so vital. “They had three good opportunities, lucky I’d done my job right,” he said. “In my head, I’m just thinking it’s another normal game but obviously there’s a bit of bite to it. But you’ve just got to try as a player to play as normal as possible and try not to get involved with it being a local derby and the crowd.”
Ashmore’s three saves last night added to his terrific double save last Saturday that didn’t quite come off as Guiseley scored from the third attempt but the goalkeeper is happy enough with four points. “I was a bit gutted about that cos I tipped one on to the post and saved the rebound so it was a bit annoying,” Ashmore admitted. “But it went my way tonight so we got the three points. It’s a great start and we can build on it and work on it for the next game. I think every game is going to be tough but I think we can prove ourselves at this level and we have done the last two games.”
Listen to the full interview below.