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Ashford United manager Tommy Warrilow is looking to rectify his team's inconsistency

By Joe Harbert

Ashford United manager Tommy Warrilow says his team aren’t gelling as well as he would like.

United suffered back-to-back league defeats for the first time since April on Saturday, as they lost 3-0 to Isthmian South East leaders Sevenoaks at Mill Lane.

Warrilow, whose side sit fourth in the table, said he may have to go into the transfer market to address United’s inconsistency this season.

Ashford United manager Tommy WarrilowPicture: Paul Amos
Ashford United manager Tommy WarrilowPicture: Paul Amos

“I think we’re gelling only in patches and not when it counts, so I’ve got to look at it and try and come up with a sort of remedy,” he said.

“I’m having a look around to see if there’s anyone that can freshen things up, and if there is there is, if there isn’t then there isn’t.

“One thing I did say to the boys is that I can’t keep saying the same things week-in week-out without doing something. I love the lads, but it’s football and I can hear myself repeating things.

“I know we’ve got to up our game a little bit, but there’s no panic stations – we’ve started well and are still sitting nicely in the table.”

This weekend all focus switches back to the FA Trophy for the Homelands side, as they look to bounce back against Southern Central and fellow Step Four side Barton Rovers in the first qualifying round.

A win for United, which would pocket the club £2,450 in prize money, could see them progress to their furthest stage of the competition since they reached the fourth round as Ashford Town back in 2000.

Warrilow said: “I think it will be another really difficult game,but we’re at home, so we’ve got to make sure we make that advantage count and not turn up with the same attitude we had against Witham Town, when we were a bit complacent and perhaps a little lackadaisical.”

He added: "But it's obviously very early in the season, and whether you win, lose or draw you can't get carried away after every game.

"If the boys know I'm not happy with a few things, all these games give them a chance to put their fork in the ground and stake a claim for a shirt, and make sure I don't get people in to replace them."

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