THE defeat to Wimbledon on New Year’s Day was a disappointment that will take some time to digest but there was one shining light.
In his first professional start, young forward Ashley Yeoman looked bright and has almost certainly earned himself more opportunities in the future.
Aside from creating openings for himself, Ash also conjured a wonderful chance for Craig Easton in the second half and generally linked the play nicely from his position in behind main front man Rene Howe.
“He was as good as we had out the there, especially in the first half,” said manager Martin Ling. “He has come on as sub and always done alright, but he’s had a decent game in his first 90 minutes.
“He could have nicked a goal and put Easty through who has to score. We have a genuine group of people and we work our socks off every day.
“There were five players missing through injury and suspension yesterday but Ashley was good, and he will now get other starts. They are type of people we need to use because we’re not going to spend £100,000 on new players.”