ASHFORD UNITED boss Paul Chambers is hoping to bring in a new signing to bolster the ranks as his attentions turn to next season.
Saturday is transfer deadline day and although the Invicta League promotion charge is all but over, it hasn’t stopped Chambers laying the foundations for the future.
Sloppy United surrendered a three-goal lead on Saturday against Meridian and a new face would freshen a squad up that is struggling with injuries.
Chambers said: “It is late in the season but we’re going to try and get a new lad in this week.
“We’re thinking of next year and we want to get things sorted to make a good start for the new season when it comes around.
“Building for the future is important and that’s what we’re looking to do.”
United take on Seven Acre and Sidcup at Homelands on Saturday (3pm) as they look to right the wrongs from Meridian.
Dan Scorer and Sam Conlon are both definitely out – probably for the rest of the season – while Mo Takaloo is rated as highly unlikely to start by the boss.
He said: “We should have beaten them up there but we ended up drawing. All we can do is try and win our last four games and see where it leaves us.
“The Meridian game was unacceptable – I really don’t know what happened.
“I thought we looked tired and it was one of those games you could see it happening but could do nothing about it.
“We were cruising at 3-0 up but something happened and they got back to 3-1 and we folded.
“We tried to go solid and become hard to break down but it didn’t work. They got on top with a bit of momentum and scored a couple of good goals.
“I was gobsmacked after the game – I couldn’t believe it.
“I would watch the video but if I did I’ll be up for weeks having nightmares about it!”
Even after Meridian had mounted the unlikeliest of comebacks United had chances to win it but they were made to pay the price for not taking them.
Chambers added: “It wasn’t acceptable from the team. We can’t have that, we can’t accept it and we won’t accept it.
“It felt like a defeat after the game and in the last 25 minutes we just fell apart.
“We had lots of chances and if the players had prepared themselves right we’d have been out of sight by the time they scored.
“We beat them 5-0 up there and maybe they thought the game was won. It’s not the attitude to have and we have got to learn to finish teams off.
“The injury situation doesn’t help but it’s not an excuse. Our bench lacked forward options and our two wing backs were tired because they have the hardest job running up and down a lot.
“We missed Tak, Dan and Sam and it was just one of those days we have got to get rid of it from the memory.
“We’ve thrown too many points away this season and we did again on Saturday.”