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Ashford United’s Lee Prescott believes the team now have a winning mentality

By Joe Harbert

Ashford United’s Lee Prescott insists there is now a winning mentality within the squad that will make them a force for the remainder of the campaign.

The midfielder, who started in the team’s 7-0 rout at Burgess Hill on Saturday, says their fourth successive league win was their finest performance of the season so far.

“I’ve felt for a while that a big result was coming, and obviously it just happened to be on Saturday,” the 32-year-old said.

Ashford's Lee PrescottPicture: Paul Amos
Ashford's Lee PrescottPicture: Paul Amos

“Without a doubt it was our best game of the season and it shows where we are at the minute, especially as we turned over Hastings, ground out a couple of wins elsewhere and then did that at the weekend.

“I think teams will be starting to fear us a little bit more as well now, because what people are seeing is a group of players that are bonding together.

“We had a good start to the season, had a dip, and now we’re on the up again. The way we’re going, the whole team has come together. We’ve lost a few players along the way, but now we’re gaining a few and we’ve got a good changing room.

“The belief in the team is where it should be and we’ve got a winning mentality which is absolutely key, and even the younger players know what we’re capable of.”

Prescott, who has hit the net four times for the Nuts & Bolts this season including the winner at Whitstable on Boxing Day, has been an ever-present in United’s midfield since his arrival from East Grinstead in March.

He believes the growing unity in the side is only making them stronger as they now begin the second half of an increasingly positive league campaign.

“You’re not going to get much better than a 7-0, but I think the performances are going to be more regular and we’re going to be more of a force,” he added.

“The decision-making is getting better and hopefully we can keep this going – there’s no reason why we can’t.

“Tom allows us to play football, but I think before we were trying to play out too much and teams were almost allowing us to have the ball, create our own mistakes and then they would capitalise.

“Now teams are going to fear us and I think everyone is on the same wavelength when it comes to looking forward to the second half of the season. I don’t know if it’s the best season I’ve played personally, but it’s the most enjoyable one I’ve had to date and the best one collectively too.”

Ashford take on Faversham at Homelands on Saturday (3pm).

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