Lovell praise for duo

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified - by Alex Birch

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.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne

Hat-trick hero Shawn Beveney in action dur­ing Satur­day’s 3-0 home win over Mer­stham. Re­port, page 62

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