Ashton’s hoping for more United first team action

Simon Ashton
Simon Ashton

SIMON Ashton made his first league start for Boston United last week - and now he is eager to hang on to his place.

The teenage defender teamed up with Gareth Jelleyman to form a makeshift defence during the 1-0 victory over Redditch last Tuesday.

And now the Pilgrims fan-turned-player wants another taste.

He said: “I enjoyed being out there. I did not really expect to play, but I was really pleased to get out there. I think it went OK.

“It was not really the performance we wanted and we could have done a little better, but it was the first league start for myself and I thought I did OK.

“It was nice to get a call-up. Jells had not really played centre-half much before.

“He did really well and helped me out. It was good to play again.”

Ashton and Jelleyman were the two highlights of the dire performance, according to manager Paul Hurst.

He singled the two out as his star performers in a dismal team display.

Ashton impressed his bosses last season as he appeared in the UniBond Premier League clash against Retford United in September 2009.

He also made cup starts against Lincoln United, Lowestoft Town, Hucknall Town and Retford last term.

Eighteen-year-old Ashton is a product of the club’s youth system, having been involved with the Centre of Excellence since 2003.

Before that he was a regular on the York Street terraces.

“It’s brilliant,” said Ashton.

“I have supported the club all of my life and have been watching them since I was young, home and away, so it’s good to get a chance to play out there.

“Hopefully a few more people will come through and do the same as I have done.”

Ashton - who has had loan spells at Spalding and Stamford this season - is also hoping he did enough to warrant another start soon.

He added: “From a personal point of view, hopefully I can stay in the side and if not, be in the squad and be in contention.”