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Tower Hamlets hunt for points against Hullbridge

PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 April 2015

Tower Hamlets Ajay Ashnike pumps the ball forward during their clash with Basildon at Mile End Stadium (pic: Tim Edwards)

Tower Hamlets Ajay Ashnike pumps the ball forward during their clash with Basildon at Mile End Stadium (pic: Tim Edwards)

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Ajay Ashnike reflects on recent results and praises youngster Kobie Ambrose

Tower Hamlets push forward during their Essex Senior League match with Basildon United (pic: Tim Edwards).Tower Hamlets push forward during their Essex Senior League match with Basildon United (pic: Tim Edwards).

Tower Hamlets player-coach Ajay Ashnike is looking forward to facing a team he has a previous association with this evening when his side travel to Lower Road to play Hullbridge Sports in the Essex Senior League.

The Mile End Stadium club play their penultimate match of the season tonight against another youthful side, who sit fourth in the table.

Ashnike is one of the more experienced players in the group, but he is hoping the youngster of Tower Hamlets impress again.

“Hullbridge are a good side and even when their top goalscorer Liam Nash left they continued to do well,” said Ashnike.

Basildon United look to make the most of a corner kick during an Essex Senior League match with Tower Hamlets (pic: Tim Edwards).Basildon United look to make the most of a corner kick during an Essex Senior League match with Tower Hamlets (pic: Tim Edwards).

“They are a really good team, but we need to play our game and hopefully that will get us three points. They are a very young side and I was their youth team manager a few years ago so I know a few of their players.

“We are trying to go down the same route as them by giving youth a chance. Kids are the future and now we have survived we are trying a few things and planning for next season.”

That planning for next year contributed towards their 3-0 defeat to Eton Manor on Monday night, but Ashnike was still proud of his players.

The Tower Hamlets defender, who was manager of the club last season, is hoping plans they put in place now will contribute towards a successful 2015/16 campaign.

Basildon United attack against Tower Hamlets during last weekend's Essex Senior League clash (pic: Tim Edwards).Basildon United attack against Tower Hamlets during last weekend's Essex Senior League clash (pic: Tim Edwards).

“It didn’t work out like we wanted against Eton Manor, but we learned a lot from the game,” added Ashnike.

“The team we put out against Eton Manor was very young and the oldest player was 21-years-old so we are proud with how the boys performed against men. We are looking forward to next season now.

“We didn’t have the best pre-season this year, but we are confident if we plan well we can have a good season next year.”

Tower Hamlets did pick up a point last weekend against Basildon United, though, with Kobie Ambrose netting to earn a 1-1 draw.

Tower Hamlets struggled to defend a corner during their Essex Senior League match against Basildon United (pic: Tim Edwards).Tower Hamlets struggled to defend a corner during their Essex Senior League match against Basildon United (pic: Tim Edwards).

Ashnike praised the 20-year-old for proving a lot of people wrong at the club, including himself.

“We played really well again with the kids on Saturday and it was just concentration levels that cost us the win,” added Ashnike.

“Kobie has been with us all season, but we didn’t give him a chance. He has played in the last 10 games, though, and he has been proving us all wrong.

“He has proved me wrong because I didn’t really fancy him before, but he has come in and is a midfielder that is scoring goals for us. I am really pleased for him.

“Kobie is one of the boys we are looking to keep and hopefully he can continue to develop and be an important player for us next season.”


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