Ashmore’s heroics all “part of the job”

After pulling off a string of truly astounding saves in an all-action second half at Hemel Hempstead, Fleet goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore preferred to take the positives of a “good away point”.

“We all know what we want. Everyone wants it. The changing room is brilliant, everyone gets on well and we all know what we’re doing so it’s a good changing room. It’s maybe a little deflating because we’re disappointed we conceded and we’ve not conceded for so long but it’s a point away from home and if we can get the three points on Saturday, it’s definitely a good point away from home,” he said in conversation with Kent Messenger’s Matthew Panting and BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “So we just keep ticking these games off, keep taking them one at a time, then we never know at the end of the season.”

And Ashmore said there were more positives to take from Fleet’s defensive resilience despite the first breach of that back line in more than a month. “We’ve been resilient today in defending,” Ashmore said. “Obviously we conceded but we didn’t concede another one. Normally when you haven’t conceded for so long and then you do, you tend to lose that game and concede another. We stayed strong and we held them off for a point.”

“We had a funny five minutes where they had three or four shots and the penalty as well. He [Jake Robinson] told me after the took the penalty, ‘I don’t know why I went down the middle’ but I said I’m glad you did! I’m there to do my job and I did it well today apart from the goal.”

And though disappointed to be beaten by a shot that had some help over the line from the post and his own back, the Fleet keeper was philosophical given the circumstances. “The wind was so bad and as soon as the second half started, it completely changed. They just bombed it in the air and we kept dropping and dropping and dropping and eventually they scored.”

Listen to the full interview below.


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