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Ashford United boss Tommy Warrilow on the trip to champions-elect Cray Wanderers

By Steve Tervet

Ashford United are out to spoil Cray Wanderers' championship party this weekend.

Cray would clinch the Bostik South East title with a win on Saturday and could even go up if they lose.

But the Nuts & Bolts are determined to keep the champagne on ice by boosting their own promotion hopes at Hayes Lane.

Danny Parish gets a shot away during Ashford's defeat at Hythe Picture: Paul Amos
Danny Parish gets a shot away during Ashford's defeat at Hythe Picture: Paul Amos

Tommy Warrilow's side have another chance to seal play-off qualification after defeat to Hythe last weekend.

"I feel confident," he said. "It's going to be a very hard game because Cray have had a fantastic season and they're going well over there but we'll wipe our wounds and get on with it.

"I want to go there and spoil the party, I'm not going to lie, but at the same time it's only a matter of time before they get it.

"They've got their new ground (approved), which I'm delighted for them about and whether it's against us or not, they'll get over the line.

"I'm not worried about that. My main job is to get Ashford in the play-offs and hopefully go on and win them. That's my aim."

Cray, eight points clear with a game in hand, have been top since August and in control of the title race all the way.

They could have sealed promotion on Sunday but were held 1-1 at home by rock-bottom Greenwich Borough.

Warrilow said: "It's not about making them wait another week, I want us to get three points to help our cause.

"I want Cray to do well and push on but my job is to get Ashford out of this league and if I can do it this year, brilliant. If I can't, it'll have to be next year but we're in such a good position.

"I know how Cray set up and everyone says 'we'll do this' but it's all right saying it and another thing doing it.

"We're not just going there to nullify them because I've never done that. I'm a manager who goes to win games of football and that's how I'll be going to Cray. I won't be going there to get a draw or worry about them.

"We'll respect them, like every team, but I'm going there to to set our team up to win a game of football.

"We know about their strengths and weaknesses and we'll work on them but I want us to be more positive in what we can do.

"We've lost a game on Saturday but we've been on a fantastic five-game run. We've got to learn from Saturday and go on another run because that's what we're capable of."

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