“It’s a joy to play behind the front two that we have!”
Kevin Leadbetter, Midfielder.
New signing Kevin Leadbetter couldn’t really have had a better start to his Ashton United career. Since joining on the 16th January, the former Droylsden man has played three and won three wearing the famous Red and White shirt.
Having been subbed off late on during his debut away at Matlock Town, then featuring from the bench against Workington AFC and Nantwich Town, Leadbetter has yet to hold down a starting place in the side.
The 35 year-old is an un-selfish team player and despite thinking a starting place is just around the corner, he is happy to wait his turn;
“I don’t think I’m far from a starting place. As we all know, it’s a squad game these days and if the managers think other lads can start a certain game to benefit the team, then I’m happy being on the bench and coming on later in games. My first fortnight at the club has been good. The lads, the managers, and all the coaching staff, have made me feel very welcome in and around Hurst Cross.”
Having played for eleven different clubs before Ashton United, Leadbetter possesses a wealth of experience and a thorough knowledge of the non-league game. Holding a 100% record to his name so far with the Robins, Leadbetter is hopeful the run can be prolonged.
Starting with continued hardwork, there is no reason why his side can’t go more games without defeat; “As an individual I would like the unbeaten record to continue, as long as possible. You win 5, 6 and 7 games on the bounce and it puts you right in the mix. It’s a team game and all the lads have been working really hard to get the three points to keep the run going. Long may it continue. A lot of our run is down to the forwards. It’s a joy to play behind the front two that we have. They both give you different options.” Leadbetter continued by saying; “Dale possesses good hold up play and Killer has that pace to put the ball in behind.”
Ashton United currently sit 5th in the table, with eight points separating Barwell in 9th and Workington AFC in 2nd. The division is incredibly tight and Leadbetter finished by saying it is up to his side to continue winning more than anything else; “I’m sure my opinion is that of many others too. I would say FC United would be favourites to win the league. However, we all know its better having points on the board instead of games in hand. As long as we keep winning games we will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.”