Carlisle United would like to thank Horley Town FC for their hospitality and assistance on Friday afternoon as they turned their ground – The New Defence – into our training venue for what was an extremely enjoyable session.
The Town currently compete in the Combined Counties Premier League and were only too happy to help the Blues when they heard that we were looking for somewhere to train ahead of our tough away game against Crawley Town.
The clubs already shared a link - striker Ashley Nadesan became a local hero in Horley when he bagged 99 goals in just two seasons with the Surrey-based outfit, catching the eye of his current parent club Fleetwood Town.
Chairman Andrew Jenkins said: “Horley were fantastic with us. With Crawley being such a long way we would usually struggle to get a training venue at this time of year, due to the dark nights creeping in, but we knew we didn’t need to rush things this time because Horley had arranged to have the floodlights turned on for us.
“It was actually the club chairman who came along to do that for us, and we had other members of their staff checking to make sure that everything was in place to help us with our session.
“They really could not have looked after us any better and it was nice to some of the people who had worked with Ashley when he was down there at the game on Saturday.”
Manager John Sheridan said: “It was brilliant of Horley to do what they did. It allowed us to prepare and train properly and it got the lads moving again after what had been a long journey.
“Obviously the connection with Ashley helped, and it was good of him to hand over a signed shirt to little Stanley to help us to say thank you to everybody for opening their ground up to us.”
Thank you to everyone at Horley Town FC for their hospitality on Friday – good luck for the rest of the season!