Keeper Jones wins spot prize

PUBLISHED: 16:57 12 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 26 October 2009

PENALTY-stopping Potters Bar goalkeeper Ashlee Jones said tips he learnt while playing for Rushden & Diamonds helped with his spot-kick heroics on Saturday. The Scholars custodian dived low to his right to deny substitute Dean Nyman from 12 yards with the

PENALTY-stopping Potters Bar goalkeeper Ashlee Jones said tips he learnt while playing for Rushden & Diamonds helped with his spot-kick heroics on Saturday.

The Scholars custodian dived low to his right to deny substitute Dean Nyman from 12 yards with the game goalless with just over 10 minutes to play.

Jones' intervention proved to be vital as two minutes from time Bar striker Sam Adejokun was hauled down in the area and Precious Koko scored the winner from the resulting penalty.

About his save, Jones said: "It was hard but just one of those things you have to go whole-hearted for.

"I knew which way he was going. When I was at Rushden I was told certain things to look out for to get a penalty save.

"The player did all of those and I just knew where he was going to go."

It was the end of a mixed week for Jones, who was at fault when conceding the winner in the previous Tuesday's game against Northwood.

Jones said: "Things like that just happen and it's how you come back from them.

"It's hard but you have to try and bounce back real quick and I did what had to be done today (Saturday)."

The former QPR, Southampton and Rushden player is hoping to return to league football in the not too distant future.

"I'm just going to hopefully try and get back in the league by the end of this season and that is my target, full-time football is my main goal.

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