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Ryan hopes for happy returns

PUBLISHED: 13:29 11 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:46 24 August 2010

Ryan Ashe

Ryan Ashe

By Ben Kosky TWO-GOAL hero Ryan Ashe believes Wealdstone s performance in their FA Cup thriller against Rotherham will convince floating fans to return for more. The Stones 3-2 defeat on Sunday attracted a gate of 1,638 – more than three and a half tim

By Ben Kosky

TWO-GOAL hero Ryan Ashe believes Wealdstone's performance in their FA Cup thriller against Rotherham will convince 'floating' fans to return for more.

The Stones' 3-2 defeat on Sunday attracted a gate of 1,638 - more than three and a half times their average home attendance and their biggest crowd since moving to Grosvenor Vale in 2008.

And Ashe, who netted both the Stones' goals against the League Two side, told the Times: "We want to get as many people as we can through the door and hopefully some of them will come back.

"The crowd got behind us, which was good, and I think we've showed them what we're capable of. On another day we probably would have scored more goals, but Rotherham were solid and got their blocks in.

"It's just unfortunate we made a couple of errors and it cost us. But a bit of limelight doesn't go amiss - we just wanted to give the fans something back, a good day out, and I think we've done that.

"It was good to pit our wits against higher opposition and I felt we more than matched them. There are a few players in our team that could easily make the step up."

The Stones midfielder, who already topped the club's scoring charts this season, certainly enhanced his own credentials on Sunday with two excellent second-half strikes that halved Rotherham's advantage on each occasion.

But he admitted: "A couple of the boys said 'how does it feel?' and to be honest it was a bit of an anti-climax. I didn't celebrate either of my goals because we were losing on both occasions.

"It was a weird feeling - if that had been the winner I'd have been a lot happier, but we lost the game and OK, I scored two good goals, but that doesn't mean so much to me now.

"Now we need to knuckle down, crash back to reality and do the things that got us to second in the league. We're on a high and I think we can do some damage.

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