STRIKER Aaron Williams is ready to step up to the plate for Newport County AFC in what he admits will be the biggest three games of his career to date.
Williams, who has previously played in League One for Walsall and Peterborough United, came off the bench to score a consolation goal in Monday’s 6-1 defeat at Plymouth Argyle.
And he’s hoping that goal – his third in 13 appearances – will earn him a place in the starting XI as the Exiles look to get their survival bid back on track, starting against Accrington Stanley tomorrow before a trip to Carlisle United and the season finale at home to Notts County.
“These are definitely the biggest three games of my career so far,” said Williams, who was signed by previous boss Graham Westley in January.
“This for me is the biggest challenge and I’m enjoying the challenge.
“Hopefully I can help us get over the line and keep my career going in League Two.
“If the gaffer thinks I can do a job and he wants to put me in I’ll do a job.
“If not I just have to be ready again to come on and hopefully get a goal.”
County are one point behind Hartlepool United, who host mid-table Barnet tomorrow, and Williams believes he can help in the battle to beat the drop.
“It’s been difficult because everyone wants to play,” said the 23-year-old, who has not started since February.
“It doesn’t matter where you are or what league you’re in, you want to play games.
“But Alex [Samuel] and Ryan [Bird] have worked their socks off and we’ve got the results and I know the gaffer’s not going to change a winning side or a side that’s picking results up.
“Hopefully I can get back in and get some goals but anybody can get the goals to keep us up. I managed to put one away on Monday but we’ve got goals throughout the team.”
Williams says caretaker boss Michael Flynn, who replaced Westley last month, has made a big impact.
“It’s been massive,” he said. “Having time off to rest has helped us a lot.
“Under Graham our fitness was sky high and he got us working hard.
“The gaffer has just adapted that into the way he wants to do things and the two [methods] have combined quite well together.
“You can see that everyone is more together now,” he added.
“We’re sitting around the dinner table together and having a bit more banter. It gets the boys closer and I think that’s helped a lot.”
Williams knows that in-form Accrington pose a big threat at Rodney Parade tomorrow but he insists that he and his teammates will be up for the challenge.
“Every game is tough,” he said. “Everyone wants to send us down and we’re fighting to stay up.
“They’re pushing for the play-offs and we’re pushing for survival so it’s definitely going to be a good battle.
“Not one of us is going pull out of tackles or take it easy on the other team.
“It’s just one of those proper League Two games where we just need to grind out the result.
“They’ve gone 15 games unbeaten, which is a great achievement, but hopefully we can be the ones to stop that.”