Lancaster City’s summer recruitment has continued with their 4th new signing being experience goalkeeper Sam Ashton.
The 32-year-old experienced stopper started his career at Bolton before a five-year spell at FC United of Manchester. He then spent a period at Skelmersdale before arriving at Victory Park via Southport. At Chorley, he was an ever present in the side that got promoted to the Conference North, but a serious knee injury meant he sat out the majority of the 16/17 season. After a full recovery he joined Ramsbottom United where he spent last season.
Having worked with Ashton before, City boss Mark Fell says the club are in safe hands in the goalkeeping department;
“Sam is a proven goalkeeper with great experience and he knows what it takes to be successful in these leagues. He’s back to full fitness and will benefit further from working with Mark Thornley. He’s still got a great appetite for the game and he’ll be a fantastic addition to our dressing room in terms of how professionally he goes about his business. I really wanted us to have our own goalkeeper this season rather than use the loan market, and that’s no criticism of Jack Sims because he was absolutely superb, but ultimately we want to own our own so to speak and Sam fits the bill. We’ve also got a couple of excellent young goalkeepers coming into preseason to offer good levels of competition.”
For Ashton, it’s a fresh challenge and after promotion from the Evo-Stik premier league in 2015 with Chorley, he says that the Dollies have every chance of being in the mix come May, “I stayed in touch with the gaffer when he went to Lancaster and the strides they’ve made there since October suggests there’s every chance of us having a really successful campaign. There is a good base of players at the club and I know the calibre of signings is strong. I’m looking forward to working with Woolfy who I’ve already had a good chat with him about the plans, it’ll be good to get cracking with a really professional set-up and playing in front of a great set of fans.”
Mark Thornley, the legendary Dollies goalkeeper now coaches the stable of no1’s at the club and says Ashton will be a great addition, “we’ve got a quality keeper who I’ve seen as an opponent several times and always been impressed. I’m looking forward to getting working with him and the clubs other goalkeepers in preseason.”