21st August 2018 |Youth News | Views

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Following on from our under 18s’ 1-0 victory over Corinthian FC last night, the Bostik League Youth East side’s manager Barry Fuller tells us he’s delighted to be at the helm having been appointed as under 18s manager in the summer.

“It was great to be on the sidelines taking charge of the lads tonight. It feels weird not being alongside Jason [Whitmore] as I have been working alongside him for nearly 2 years since he brought me to the club to coach.

I will have Tim McRae as my assistant this season who I coach with loads at my academy, he has a wealth of experience behind him.

We have worked hard over the summer to put a team together who we think can do Ashford United proud. The lads have only had 1 training session and 1 pre season friendly together due to us getting players signed on who fitted what we were looking for, and also because of a few of our signed players being on holiday.

It’s fantastic to get the win and clean sheet last night against a strong Corinthian team. We didn’t start the game very well and we allowed them to get on the front foot, they made it very difficult and caused us a few problems in the first half.

I had to tactically change our shape at half time and give the lads some guidance on where we were going wrong and what we needed to do to change it.

In the second half they went out there and showed a lot of character and desire, Our boys were a different team, we were strong, direct and on the front foot creating chances and causing them a lot of problems. The lads dug deep to get the 3pts. I was proud of every single one of them.

This season, my aim is to just give the players guidance on the training pitch and match days which will help them develop as players and as team.

I will be giving my all to help and improve all the lads individually and collectively which will hopefully stand them in good stead for the future.

It would be fantastic as the season goes on if we could have 1 or 2 lads in Gary’s [Alexander] thoughts pushing towards being around the first team squad which would be great for their development.”