On-loan Ashton United striker James Dean isn’t thinking about his future until the Northern Premier League season comes to an end.

Dean, who is on loan at the Robins from National league north side Chorley having joined
dean 12in mid-march and has already found the back of the net twice.

Speaking about his loan Dean said: “It’s going well. I just need to get games as I haven’t played a lot this season and not been at my best. But it’s good to be playing football and getting fit again.

“I’m not too sure after my loan spell finishes. I’m here and I’m an Ashton player until the end of the season and that is all I’m looking. I’m not looking at anything thing else until the end of the season. I’m just focusing on this season at how it finish.”

The Tameside outfit sit in the final play-off spot with just two weeks of the football season to go.

It would be the third consecutive season that Ashton have made the play-offs should they make it.

According to Dean, the Robins can do it.

He said: “I think so we are in a good position and the results landed our way today and we would take a point at Ashton United instead of losing all three. We have to keep going and taking each game as it comes and not worry about anyone else.”

On Saturday Ashton visited Nantwich Town in the league knowing three points would be vital to their play-off dreams.

Despite taking the lead the Dabbers hit back to lead 2-1 and with time running out Ashton levelled it up to take a share of the points.

Speaking about the game. Dean said: “At the start of the game we knew had to be right at it and we were the better side in the first half and we could have been two or three- nil Ashton United FC logoup. The second half we started good and we started quick which we had to.

“It was two free kicks that they scored from and that is going to put you on the back foot.
But after we went 2-1 down we defended well and that got us back in the game and either side could have nicked it. But for us, a draw down here is a good result.

“Their keeper has played well, he has come in on loan from Stoke City and e made some great saves not just from me but from a couple of the lads. But it’s fine margins and on another day they go in and we win the game.”

Dean may have only scored two goals. But in his strike partner Martin Pilkington the Robins have a man who has scored 22 goals now this season thanks to his brace at Nantwich and he sits 3rd in the league top scorer stakes behind Luke Benbow (Stourbridge) and Robbie Dale (Blyth Spartans)

Commenting on his team mate Dean said: “Pilks [Martin Pilkington] is a great player and I said to him before the game that ‘I will take care of the two centre-halves’ and he can slot in and around them and that is what he does. He has made clever runs and the two finishes he had today were unbelievable.

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