Golcar United striker Ash Flynn has hit 30 goals this season after scoring last weekend against Bacup Borough. The 32-year-old predicted as much when he joined in the summer after seeing the quality of players around him. 

Despite Golcar dropping points on Saturday and the points gap getting wider between them and unbeaten leaders Bury AFC, Flynn believes the Weavers can still achieve what they want this season – namely promotion.

“I always thought I would get goals in this team,” said Flynn. “I remember saying to (manager) Ash Connor in pre-season that I would score 25-30 goals but I am not sure he believed me after I scored only one in pre season! 

“I started the first game of the season on the bench and, due to my pre-season performances, I couldn’t really complain. I got to start the next game as Mike Fish was injured. He had scored in the first game and played well until he came off injured. 

“It probably sounds stupid but I am gutted with only 30 as I have missed about 10 or 11 games through injury.” 

On the belief in the squad to keep pushing for promotion Flynn added: “We have to keep winning and putting pressure on Bury but if we don’t finish top we have to try to finish 2nd, as then we get home advantage in the play-offs. I think the lads believe but Bury just don’t lose and fair play to them.”

Flynn says he wants to score even more goals and has set himself a target. 

He said: “It would be nice to try to get 40 goals and also promotion but let’s see. Promotion is the main aim and nothing else matters.” 

Golcar currently sit second in the North West Counties Division One North table on 61 points whilst top club Bury have accumulated 69 points. There are only nine games left of the regular season.

Ash Flynn receives his Player of the Month Award. Images by: SEAN DOYLE

Next up Golcar play Pilkington at home on Tuesday night at the Skye Direct Stadium. Flynn knows that Pilkington will be a tough game. 

The Weavers put in one of their best performances of the campaign when they faced Pilkington away earlier in the season beating them 6-2. 

On the upcoming match, Flynn said: “It will be a very tough game. I think our best performance of the season was against them but we know if we don’t turn up we won’t win.” 

Last time out United drew 1-1 with Bacup Borough, Flynn grabbed Golcar’s only goal. The Weavers did have a last-gasp opportunity to win it but Mike Fish’s penalty was brilliantly saved.

Flynn said of that result and performance: “I don’t think we did enough to win the game but we had a great chance to win it with the penalty in stoppage time. To be fair to Mike, he stepped up and sometimes you are unlucky. I would have backed him to score it.

“It was 100% a missed opportunity but Bury don’t seem to lose and if they maintain this unbeaten run then, fair play to them, they will deserve to win the league.”