Mark Yates has had his say on the development on Aggborough’s top goal scorer…
By Matty Paddock - 07/03/2019
Posted 3 years ago
MARK Yates has hailed Ed Williams’ progress this season – admitting the Harries man has come a long way from when they last worked together.
Top scorer Williams has 13 goals to his name this term, a total that might well have been greater were it not for a lengthy lay-off over the festive period.
He’s fought his way back to fitness, though, and, under Yates, has begun to look a little more like his usual self.
That’s especially encouraging for the gaffer, who has a unique insight into just how much the former Gloucester man has progressed during the last couple of years.
The pair worked together at Cheltenham Town, with Yates admitting that what Williams lacked in size he made up for in ability.
Now, though, he believes Ed has the all-around package. No surprise, then, that the boss said he deserved his most recent England C call-up.
“He’s been great since I’ve been back,” Yates said.
“….he’s strong and fit and covers ground.” Mark Yates on Ed Williams
“I’ve seen some of his games this season and he has been outstanding – he’s got a bit of everything.
“He’s matured since the days I had him as a Cheltenham Town youth player.
“We always knew he had ability, but you look at him now… he’s far stronger.
“He was a little rake of a kid and had tons of ability but was constantly getting whacked. Now he can ride that.
“As a physical specimen… he’s strong and fit and covers ground. In the stats, he’s always one of the top ones, and he deserves it.”