Golcar United’s top goalscorer Ash Flynn says gaining promotion through the play-offs is the best way to go up, as he and his teammates gear up for a huge play-off final game against Holker Old Boys in Cumbria on Easter Saturday.
Flynn, who has scored 33 goals this campaign, has found it tough in the last few weeks as Golcar’s form took a dip. However, he bounced back in style as Golcar beat AFC Blackpool at the Skye Direct Stadium last Saturday.
Flynn scored a first half goal to put Golcar 2-0 up before Blackpool fought back to 2-2 and took the game into extra-time. Golcar won through on penalties with Flynn slotting home the decisive spotkick to spark the celebrations.
Flynn said: “Holker are a great team, if we are honest. They beat us here at Golcar and I thought we played well that day.
“When we drew with them at their place they battered us. I said to Ash (Connor, Golcar manager) I’ve never been battered so much in a game and got something out of it.
“It is a long trip but it is a one-off game where anything can happen and if you win you earn promotion at the end of it.
“When I spoke to Ash and Gav at the beginning of the season they said promotion was the aim. We dropped off form-wise after Christmas and Bury ran away with the league and Holker grabbed second spot. So we got our play-off spot and now we are one game away from earning promotion and, for me, that’s the best way to go up.”
Flynn added: “I think we are a good set of lads and over the last few weeks we’ve struggled to get going. In the game against AFC Blackpool it clicked. We probably sat back too much in the second half and we let them back into it.
“I hadn’t scored for five games and the lads said all I needed was a tap in. That’s what happened, the ball just came to me and I tapped it home.”
The penalties were taken in front of the Golcar fans and the stand was rocking. “I like penalties at this end where our fans are,” said Flynn. “I don’t like them at the other end because I have missed some in both training and in matches. So when it came to me taking the kick, I was glad it went in and got us to the final.”
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