Goal ace Ash Flynn is fit and in form and has big hopes for new club Golcar United this season.

Flynn, 32, who once scored a record-breaking 74 goals in a season for Emley, has four goals in two games for Golcar so far.

Huddersfield-based Flynn, who joined from Liversedge this summer, bagged a first half hat-trick in the 4-3 home win over Nelson last Saturday.

Flynn had an injury-hit pre-season but is now building up his match fitness – and scoring goals always helps ease any aches and pains.

“It’s nice to get a bit of sharpness back and it’s always good to score a hat-trick,” said Flynn.

The striker is friends with Lee Bradshaw and played with Danny Naidole, Leon Henry and Frankie McLachlan, who all encouraged him to sign up at the Skye Direct Stadium.

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“I grew up with Lee Bradshaw. I played with Danny, Leon and Frankie for the last few years and they told me what a good set up it is. When I was training with the lads the banter was great so I couldn’t say no!

“It’s probably one of the best dressing rooms I have been in, to be fair. There’s no ‘I’ in this team and everyone is in it together right from the start.

“With the work ethic and the talent we have in the dressing room we have got to be challenging, anything less will be a disappointing season.”

Man on the run – Ash Flynn outpaces the Nelson defence. Picture by: SEAN DOYLE
Man on the deck – Ash Flynn is grounded. Picture by: SEAN DOYLE

Golcar are fifth in the North West Counties First Division North, unbeaten in all three games so far.

In each one, however, they’ve conceded first and that’s something that’s been worked on in training this week.

“Conceding a goal might get us going but it might come back to bite us in the backside eventually,” said Flynn.

Joint boss Ash Connor is only too aware of the issue going into today’s away game at Steeton, who like Golcar, came from the West Riding league.

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“We have to stop giving teams a head start,” said Connor. “We need to get on the front foot first. If we concede first against the better teams they will manage the game and won’t let you back in.”

Steeton could be regarded as a bit of a ‘bogey’ team for Golcar. They lost 2-0 last season when they did everything but score and before that Steeton did the double over them.

Golcar have an injury nightmare to contend with this weekend being without no fewer than nine players through injury. These include key forwards Naidole, Buddy Cox and Mike Fish while Jake Barrett remains suspended.

“This is why we have a squad of 26 players,” said Connor. “It’s an opportunity for others to come and do well and keep the shirt.”