Plenty to en­joy

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Www.kentonline.co.uk/sport - By An­drew Gi­d­ley

Derek Pestridge says Ash­ford United’s suc­cess this sea­son is hav­ing a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the club’s pro­file.

The Home­lands chair­man – owner of United’s shirt spon­sors D&D Au­tos – has en­joyed watch­ing the re-formed club mo­tor into pole po­si­tion in the South­ern Coun­ties East League in their first sea­son back fol­low­ing pro­mo­tion from the Kent In­victa League.

He said: “We are sus­tain­ing good gates, and cre­at­ing plenty of in­ter­est on so­cial me­dia in­clud­ing Face­book, which has helped gen­er­ate a cou­ple of spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties from lo­cal busi­nesses re­cently, mak­ing De­cem­ber a good month.

“The FA Vase run has been good but it’s the league games against the likes of Tun­bridge Wells, Whyte­leafe and Phoenix Sports, which are go­ing to be key matches in the sec­ond half of the sea­son as things de­velop.

“The club do­ing well can only be good for the town and the only dis­ap­point­ment has been the lack of foot­ball due to the weather.”

Mr Pestridge, who was ap­pointed club chair­man af­ter a reshuf­fle last Septem­ber, added: “I have been asked to con­tinue (fol­low­ing Don Cros­bie’s re­turn to the club) and am more than happy to do so.

“I am 50% sup­porter, watch­ing games with my wife and fam­ily and 50% chair­man, en­joy­ing putting on a shirt and club tie and meet­ing of­fi­cials from op­po­si­tion clubs.”

Three Charl­ton play­ers – goal­keep­ers Ben Hamer and Nicky Pope and de­fender Cedric Ev­ina – are guests of the East Kent Ad­dicks at their first meet­ing of the New Year.

The trio will hold a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion at The Ken­ning­ton in Ul­ley Road next Thurs­day, Jan­uary 9, (7.30pm).

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