Lovell praise for duo
MANAGER Steve Lovell praised the impact of returning captain Sean Ray, and goalscoring hero Shawn Beveney after Ashford returned to winning ways on Saturday.
The 3-0 win over Merstham in Ryman League Division 1 South owed much to the injury-free Ray’s marshalling of the defence and Beveney’s hat-trick, leaving Lovell pleased with what he saw.
He said: “Having Sean Ray and Shawn Beveney in the side made a big difference. We defended better and went back to playing as a more compact unit, and as far as Shawn goes, you don’t get much better than a home debut hat-trick.
“The game was quite comfortable for us in the end and after the last three games, it was nice to get back to winning ways.”
New signing Stanley Muguo also impressed on his debut, with the manager keen to praise the role played by the midfielder, along with winger Orlando Smith, who has agreed to extend his loan deal from Welling for another month.
“Muguo played well considering he hadn’t featured for Dulwich over the last few weeks,” said Lovell.
“He added a different dimension in midfield with his passing ability and Orlando also impressed.
“It was definitely his best game for us and I’m delighted he’s staying. If we can get him the ball like we did on Saturday, he’ll cause teams at this level all kinds of problems.”
An away game at Whyteleafe this Saturday is Ashford’s next challenge. With Paul Jones, Jimmy Bottle and Tony Browne all set to return to the squad, Lovell could suddenly have one or two selection headaches.
“The squad is starting to take shape again and it couldn’t have happened at a better time,” added Lovell. “I always say you are only as good as your bench and our bench on Saturday could be very strong.”
Hat-trick hero Shawn Beveney in action during Saturday’s 3-0 home win over Merstham. Report, page 62