Cham­bers takes good look at squad

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

Paul Cham­bers is cred­it­ing Buster Smis­sen with the Ash­ford goal that beat Folke­stone In­victa in the pre-sea­son friendly at Home­lands on Satur­day,

Smis­sen won his bat­tle for the ball with defender Frankie Chap­pell, leav­ing goal­keeper Robert French em­bar­rassed as he launched an air-kick at­tempt­ing to clear and watched the ball go in.

Boss Paul Cham­bers said: “It was good to see Buster open his ac­count and we have been work­ing on things like that in train­ing. It was a bit com­i­cal but thinks like that hap­pen in games – and we’ll take it.”

Cham­bers used 17 play­ers, in­clud­ing new faces Ian Wal­lace, mid­fielder Mark Wal­lis – at Lydd last sea­son – Smis­sen and Wes­ley Fo­ord in the first 45 min­utes. ASH­FORD UTD FOLKE­STONE

Five play­ers – Liam Whit­ing, Ol­lie Finch, Dan Mor­ri­son, Sam Fisher and Adam Cuth­bert played the whole game – while ex-Hythe man Billy Somerville, Fo­ord’s team-mate at Ash­ford League cham­pi­ons Golden Ar­row last sea­son, and goal­keeper John Sparks were all given a run-out in the sec­ond-half.

Joe Mant, in goal, had lit­tle to do in the first half, but ex-Deal man Sparks was tested by Chap­pell’s header, five min­utes af­ter the restart, and then had to block from Dane Luch­ford.

Sub­sti­tute Sam Con­lon then shot at French af­ter a move that also in­volved Kieran Byrne and Tom Scorer

Byrne tried his luck from dis­tance nine min­utes from time, but saw his shot saved by In­victa sub­sti­tute goal­keeper Roddy Hay­ward,

In­victa had Dan Mor­ri­son to thank in the fi­nal minute, head­ing the ball clear at the far post.

Cham­bers added: “We are still look­ing at ev­ery­body at the mo­ment, and will carry on do­ing that be­fore whit­tling down the squad as the sea­son gets closer,

“We have picked up a few lit­tle knocks, but we will as­sess them in train­ing this week.”

United host Kent League run­ner­sup VCD on Satur­day ( 3pm) be­fore Can­ter­bury City visit in the an­nual Frank Nor­ris Tro­phy meet­ing on Tues­day (7.45pm).


SLID­ING IN: In­victa’s Frankie Chap­pell tries to dis­pos­sess Ash­ford’s Sam Fisher


COM­ING THROUGH: Ash­ford United look to make progress against Folke­stone In­victa at Home­lands on Satur­day


MID­DLE GROUND: In­victa are out­num­bered two-to-one in this piece of ac­tion

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