Boston United keeper Ashley Timms wasn’t afraid to Knit pick

Timms is action for Hinckley against United.

Timms is action for Hinckley against United.

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Picking the ball out of the net is the worst feeling for a goalkeeper, but Ashley Timms has no regrets about his spell with relegated Hinckley last season.

The stopper - who joined Boston United at the end of the campaign - played the final nine games of the Blue Square Bet North season for the Knitters, conceding 31 times in the process.

But he says the experience was just what his career needed.

“I didn’t play for a couple of years, so I just needed games,” said the 27-year-old, who returned to football in January after serving time in prison.

“Moving to Hinckley was good for me, with each game I was improving more and more.

“I gained a lot of experience from those games and with a good pre-season I’ll be even better.”

Timms made his Knitters debut in the 4-2 defeat to United.

He was also part of the team which shipped six goals against Altrincham and five against Bishop’s Stortford.

But being in the side with the poorest defence in the division had its benefits.

Not only did the stopper get plenty of match practice, he also got the chance to promote his career.

After joining Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division side Hemel Hempstead Town, he had the chance to stay and get a possible promotion on his CV.

But Timms believed Hinckley would be best for his career, adding: “Carl Heggs called me and gave me the chance to play in a better league.

“Playing against better teams put me in the shop window more.”