Published: 05:00, 31 December 2021
Josh Wisson believes Ashford have what it takes to win the league - and he’s certainly playing his part.
In-form midfielder Wisson has scored eight goals in his last 10 matches, including five in successive games in November.
He couldn’t get in the side earlier in the season but worked hard to regain his place and is thriving in a new role as Tommy Warrilow’s side fight for promotion.
“It’s going all right at the moment,” said Wisson, who is the Nuts & Bolts’ longest-serving player.
“I was out of the team but I’m not one to complain.
“I got my head down, worked hard in training, scored a few goals coming off the bench and got back in the team.
“I’ve always chipped in here and there but as a midfielder I wanted to get more goals than I did.
“I’ve normally played more of a holding midfield role, a solid No.4 sitting back, but this year we’ve changed formation slightly and I’m more of a No.8.
“I’m enjoying being box-to-box, I’m finding myself in the right areas and I’ll always back myself to score.
“When your luck’s in, you’re in the right place at the right time and everything’s going in.
“It’s gambling, if the keeper’s going to spill the ball, or knowing where to be when a cross comes in.
“It’s one of those when your luck’s in everything seems to fall to you.
“Hopefully I can keep it going because I want to contribute.
“As a midfielder, you don’t just want to play well, you want to score goals as well."
Ashford’s Isthmian South East game at East Grinstead on Tuesday was called off due to Covid in the Nuts & Bolts squad.
The postponement leaves them two points off the top, with a game in hand on new leaders Hastings.
Warrilow’s side are due back in action at home to Faversham on New Year’s Day, followed by a trip to promotion rivals Ramsgate on Monday.
“We’re halfway through the season and it’s quite tight at the moment,” said Wisson.
“We’ve got a good mix of experienced players and young lads making their way in the game and the addition of people like Liam Friend has really helped.
“We’ve got enough to win the league - that’s the aim.
“We’re our own worst enemy at times where sometimes we might start slowly or have a bad 20 minutes where our own mistakes are killing us.
“We lost a couple on the bounce, against Chichester and Burgess Hill, and you’re thinking if we’d won those we could be clear at the top.
"They were good teams but we only had ourselves to blame for losing those games.
“It sounds weird but we never really talk about the table.
“We know when we’re top or when we’ve got a big game coming up but it's a case of taking each game as it comes and making sure we’re performing at the right time.
“Tommy’s an old-school manager, he never lets us get too high or too low, which is a good thing.
“It’s making sure we’re around it in the new year and getting the results.
“I think we deserve to be up there because the club’s put a lot of effort into everything.”