Ashley Timms: Why I stopped training with Sheffield United
Ashley Timms has reaffirmed his commitment to Boston United after ending his spell training with Sheffield United.
Timms has been working with the League One Blades, who sacked manager David Weir last week, on top of training with Dennis Greene’s side.
The highly-rated Pilgrims keeper has made no secret of his desire to return to the full-time game one day and is believed to be catching the eye of Football League clubs.
However, Timms insists Boston are his priority this season.
The former Manchester City man wants to make up for his costly error in Saturday’s FA Cup defeat at Brackley and help the club win promotion to the Skrill Premier.
After talking with Greene following Saturday’s third qualifying round defeat, Timms confirmed he will train with Boston only.
“Obviously I came back in the summer injured and didn’t play in the first few pre-season games, so the idea of training at Sheffield United was for me to gain some match fitness and train every day,” explained Timms.
“It was to the benefit of Boston United and myself as it would make me sharper.
“But the manager just felt I was coming to training a little tired having trained all day with Sheffield United.
“He just wants the best for the club and the players, which is right, so we’ve agreed that I’ll stop training there.
“It’s been a mutual decision really. At the moment it’s important that I concentrate on Boston United and try to help us win promotion.
“I’m ambitious and I want to get back to the full-time game. So if anything came up at the end of the season, I’d be interested.
“But if we were to go up there would be more money around and maybe we would go full-time. And promotion is certainly our aim.”
Meanwhile, Timms has been buoyed by the support he has received from United fans since his mistake which led to Brackley’s first goal just before half-time.
It was the stopper’s first blemish of a season which has seen Boston tighten up at the back significantly.
“It was very disheartening to make a mistake like that in such a crucial game,” added Timms, who went someway to making up for it with a couple of excellent second-half stops.
“I was expecting to catch the ball, but it dipped sharply. Almost a thousand times out of a thousand I would save that.
“Maybe I was thinking about what I was going to do next with the ball and got ahead of myself, but I can’t make excuses.
“I feel particularly bad for the fans who travelled in big numbers again. They’ve paid out money to get to the game and I felt I let them down.
“I would expect some of those fans to be angry, maybe some are, but the support I’ve had on social media has been really encouraging.
“We’ve got two big home games now, against Harrogate and Altrincham, and I want to repay that faith.”