Golcar United joint managers Ash and Gav Connor are coming up to their eighth anniversary in charge and Ash would like nothing more than to get a victory this weekend to help celebrate the milestone. 

The duo joined Golcar on December 14 2013 with Ash still being a player at that point. The duo then took over as managers in 2014 and have since taken the club on an upwards trajectory. 

Turning a boggy field into a fantastic community stadium shows the great work by the brothers and whole club committee. 

Both Ash and Gav had played for Golcar’s junior team when they were kids themselves. Ash didn’t think he’d be on the cusp of creating history at the club with them vying for promotion to the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division all these years later. This is the same league that our other West Yorkshire side Emley AFC play in now.

On the past eight years Ash said: “We are extremely proud of what we have achieved here so far but we don’t feel the story is over just yet and we want to continue going forwards. Promotion from this league has always been the aim and we said that right at the start of this season.

“I came to the club as a player and then we took over as managers. To achieve what we have so far has been great and to do it with Gav makes it more special. 

Huddle at Golcar United

“Golcar is a great football club and we feel we have been supported here every step of the way right down from Pete the chairman to the volunteers and fans.” 

Golcar are still battling at the top of the North West Counties Division One North table where they sit third. There is only one point between them and the top two – Holker Old Boys and Bury AFC. 

The Weavers were supposed to play Holker in a crunch match last weekend. However this got postponed and a date has yet to be confirmed for the re-arranged fixture. 

Last time out Golcar were beaten 3-2 by bottom club St Helens in what on paper looked like a shock defeat. 

This weekend the Weavers take on Atherton and Ash says that Saturday can’t come quickly enough. He added: “We are looking forward to the game against a really tough opponent in Atherton. We know them well, we performed well against them at home earlier in the season beating them 3-0.

“We are so keen to get back playing again and put the disappointment of the St Helens defeat behind us. I’m just hoping the game goes ahead because the weather for the last few weeks has been awful.” 

Ash and Gav are going into the Atherton fixture with a fully fit squad with the break giving time for some players to get back from knocks. 

“The break probably did us good in one respect because we could get players back to full fitness. However we were naturally disappointed the game against Holker was called off.”