Ashforth thrilled with Campion’s Galacticos strike-force

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Campion joint manager Lee Ashforth

Lee Ashforth admits the biggest challenge facing leaders Campion is keeping their Galacticos strike-force happy.

Campion have now assembled one of the most incredible front-lines in NCEL Division One history with Ash Flynn, Paddy Sykes, Aidan Kirby, Marcus Law and Nicky Boshell on the books.

All could walk into any starting line-up in the league and their potency was demonstrated in the stunning 7-1 victory at Selby Town at the weekend.

“It is brilliant (our strike-force) and we brought Ash in last week when he came available,” joint manager Ashforth told Non League Yorkshire.

“He wants to get back enjoying his football and we already have five strikers here and we thought Ash would improve the squad.

“It keeps all the strikers on their toes.

“Paddy Sykes and Marcus Day have been outstanding with their goals and Aiden Kirby grafts like no-one else.

“Then we have Boshy and Joe Colley who played up-top (against Selby Town) so we have a rich of players there and it keeps them on their toes and they are all doing well.

“Last season we were going with the same eleven each week and getting beat and we didn’t have competition.

“This time myself and James (Bicknell) have got lots of decisions to make on a week-to-week basis.

“Paddy came off the bench and got two goals and an assist (against Selby) so that gives us a problem now but we would rather have those problems than the problems we had last season.”

Campion gave Ash Flynn his debut in the 7-1 win at Selby Town
Aidan Day celebrating his first goal at Selby

The incredible win at Selby sent Campion to the top of table – a huge contrast to their woes in the North West Counties last season.

“I think it is the best squad since I have been here (since 2019),” he said.

“I know the season before I joined when they missed out on the title on the final day to Grimsby they had a really good squad then.

“Certainly it is a squad of riches which I think is the best I’ve had in this Division by a long way.

“People may (say we should be finishing top or in the top five) but I’ve made the mistake before of saying we’re going for the play-offs or whatever.

“We are where we are.

“We are winning football matches and we’ll keep doing what we are doing.

“There’s games where we have scraped by and games where we have won easily and we’ll see where we are at the end of the season.”

Ashforth also confirmed the situation with striker Sean Hunter.

“Sean has gone to Boroughbridge to get some game-time because he wasn’t getting in,” he said.

“You’ve seen the strikers we have got and they have been scoring.

“Sean called us to say he wanted to go and get some games for a month and come back.

“We were obviously fine with that.”

Campion host Worsbrough Bridge this evening.

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