Ashforth admits Campion are in fantastic position

Campion joint manager Lee Ashforth

Lee Ashforth says Campion have given themselves a fantastic chance of winning promotion after the nine-match winning run.

The Bradford-based side had a tricky start to the Toolstation NCEL Division One campaign after losing several key players to injury.

However, nine consecutive wins – a stretch that ended with the midweek defeat to Glasshoughton Welfare – have propelled them into second place and Ashforth is delighted.

“Once we got the injured players back, things clicked,” Ashforth told Non League Yorkshire.

“We had some influential players out and we have them back down the spine of the team.

“Graham Hall, Aidan Day, Marcus Day and Danny Facey, that’s your backbone of the team straightaway.

“We have managed to build a team around that. We are still looking to bring one or two players to strengthen the squad. We do need a couple of players because if we pick up injuries, we’ll be down to the bare bones.

“But when you’re winning games it is hard to bring players in because how are they going to come into a winning team?

“We’ve put ourselves into a great position. Although four go up, we want to be up there challenging for the league and at the minute we are. 

“The league is not won in October, neither is promotion or relegation. There’s a long way to go and a lot of difficult games to come. There is never an easy game in this league.

“You say if we hadn’t won those nine games, we’d have been off the pace, but football is all ifs and buts. If we hadn’t had the injuries at the start would we have gone on a different run, would we have brought different players in?

“Yeah we went on that run, we just have to make sure that when you get hit by a defeat that you don’t make it a run of defeats.

“There’s a few other teams in the league that are on a run of defeats and are trying to buy that win. We don’t want it to get that stage. We need to get that next win.

“It is also about staying in the race and I’m a big believer in that if you get an average of two points a game you’re going to be there or there abouts. We’re in front of that.”

The former Ossett Town, Harrogate Railway and Clitheroe manager is also continuing to relish his return to the dugout.

Ashforth has previously said joint manager James Bicknell persuaded him not to throw away his tactics board earlier this year.

“When Bicks asked me to come in, I said I had lost enjoyement of the game,” he said.

“I feel I’ve come into a close-knit dressing room and part of a group. Sometimes it is difficult to get into a group.

“It is a great changing room, great club, an up and coming one. The desire to win is there and it is nice to be in a changing room that’s winning a few games.

“We’re a team that is expected to be up there challenging so it is nice to have a different challenge to the challenges which have really been relegation fights at the different clubs I have been at.”

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