Hednesford Town fans amazed at former player Ashley Willams

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Fans of the Staffordshire club which launched the career of cup-winning Swansea City captain Ashley Williams, have spoken about his rise to the top.

Williams played at Hednesford Town after being released early in his career by West Brom.

But on Sunday he capped his amazing resurgence by lifting the Capital One cup for the Welsh giants.

Ashley in his Hednesford days. Photo by Carl Rodgers.

Ashley in his Hednesford days. Photo by Carl Rodgers.

Scott Smith, joint chairman of the Hednesford Town FC Supporters Association, said: “It is amazing to see where he as got to with some belief.”

The Welsh international came through the youth team ranks at Keys Park before breaking into the first-team.

However, Scott recalls Williams played mainly as a right-back rather than the centre-back position he now occupies in the Premier League.

“Without being harsh, we didn’t know if he would make the grade as anything could happen in football,” Smith added.

He also believes current players at Keys Park could make a similar step up to the one made by Williams.

Smith feels player like Elliot Durrell, who has “scored lots of goals this season”, and ex Bolton Wanderers youngster Nathan Woolfe could be the next to progress to the Football League.

Hednesford could be on course for the treble this season as they sit second in the league, are in the final of the Staffordshire Senior Cup and semi-finals of the Birmingham Senior Cup.

Smith believes the Pitmen have a “good chance of winning the treble”.

In the league they will be competing against North Ferriby United and FC United Of Manchester for the top spot.

“This could a key weekend in the fixtures. We visit Witton Albion on Saturday, while on Sunday FC United of Manchester welcome North Ferriby United.

“In the Staffordshire Cup we have a good chance but I am sure either Rushall, Chasetown or Heath Hayes will have a say.”

(pic courtesy of Carl Rogers)

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