Ashford fans may not have seen the latest striker George Nikaj yet.

Nikaj has been recalled by Dover after scoring nine goals during a two-month loan spell with the Nuts & Bolts.

Jarred Trespaderne celebrates scoring his first game since joining Ashford from Hythe. Photo: Ian Scammell

The 19-year-old appeared as a substitute in the Whites’ goalless draw at Chelmsford on Monday night.

Ashford manager Tommy Warrilow, who is preparing his side for a top-flight clash at Chatham on Saturday (3pm), will discuss Nikaj’s situation with Dover boss Andy Hessenthaler.

“There may be a possibility of getting him back on loan,” Warrilow said.

“Boy Noah Carney got a knock in training and Alfie Pavey was suspended, so they got George back and obviously he came in for half an hour and did well.

Ashford United manager Tommy Warrilow.  Photo: Ian Scammell
Ashford United manager Tommy Warrilow. Photo: Ian Scammell

“I’ll talk to Hess and find out what the situation is with George. We thought we would talk about it this week, after Monday.

“If they keep it, they keep it. That’s a discussion we’ll have but I’m not going to throw my pram toys at it. He’s the Dover player.

“I’ve known Hess for around 40 years and maybe there’s another player we can help each other with.

“George came here, trained hard and scored the goals which helped us. And for Dover it worked exactly the way you would want when you send a player out on loan.

Johan ter Horst returned from injury against Whitehawk.  Photo: Ian Scammell
Johan ter Horst returned from injury against Whitehawk. Photo: Ian Scammell

Omari Hibbert made his first start in Nikaj’s absence as Ashford drew 1-1 with promotion rivals Isthmian South East Whitehawk at Homelands last Saturday.

The Nuts & Bolts, who led through returning midfielder Jarred Trespaderne, also welcomed Johan ter Horst after more than two months out with a hamstring injury.

Warrilow said: “Jo came in and did really well. He gives us another dimension because he is so hardworking and chases the balls behind.

“He’s been gone for a long time. We knew he wasn’t a million miles away but it was his decision to start training. That’s how we wanted it to be.

Omari Hibbert made his first start after the departure of George Nikaj.  Photo: Ian Scammell
Omari Hibbert made his first start after the departure of George Nikaj. Photo: Ian Scammell

“We’re not going to kill him, we’ll look to use him and bleed him out the right way.

“Omari had a solid debut. He’s different from George, he’s 32, he’s experienced and big and strong, he just needs games to get fit.

He is second from third at Maidstone Road this weekend as Chatham host Ashford.

Teams are locked on 24 points, with only one loss each, and it has all the makings of a crack game.

Gil Carvalho is progressing for Ashford.  Photo: Ian Scammell
Gil Carvalho is progressing for Ashford. Photo: Ian Scammell

“Everyone knows what’s going on at Chatham and I’m really happy for them because it’s a good club, with good people and a fantastic organization,” Warrilow said.

“Kev (manager/chairman Kevin Hake) has done a really good job bringing some quality players, and it’s no surprise to me to see them up there.

“Hopefully it will be a good competitive match, in front of a big crowd.

“I’m not going to try to get the boys to play differently.

Gary Lockyer battles for the ball against Whitehawk.  Photo: Ian Scammell
Gary Lockyer battles for the ball against Whitehawk. Photo: Ian Scammell

“We’re going there to win, but one thing we’ve been emphasizing this season is that we don’t have to win every game.

“We have always set ourselves up to win but at the same time in the past my teams have raced to win games and ended up getting caught.

“We tried to eradicate that and be better organized defensively, without the ball, and we did that.

“You probably have the ball for four or five minutes during a game, so what you do without it is an important part of the game, and that starts from the front.”

Ashford hosts Beckenham on Tuesday (7:45 p.m.).