IN­JURY WOR­RIES AHEAD OF FA CUP CLASH

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

Ash­ford United will check on the fit­ness of Tom Scorer and Andy Irvine ahead of the FA Cup Ex­tra Pre­lim­i­nary Round trip to Guild­ford City on Satur­day.

The pair picked up ham­string prob­lems in the 4-0 win at Lordswood on Tues­day night, and re­ceived im­me­di­ate treat­ment on the touch­line from new physio Ben Cole.

Boss Paul Cham­bers said: “Both are strug­gling with lit­tle nig­gles, so we took both off as a pre­cau­tion, and hope­fully have caught them in time.

“They could have played on, but there was no point be­cause we didn’t want to lose them for a long while.”

The tie at the Spec­trum Arena re­vives mem­o­ries of pre­vi­ous South­ern League meet­ings be­tween the two re-formed clubs, and Cham­bers said: “We would like a nice lit­tle run, and there’s some good prize money avail­able

“We are go­ing there look­ing to give a good ac­count of our­selves, and hope­fully get through. It will be a good day out and we are look­ing for­ward to it.”

Cham­bers is de­lighted with the club’s per­fect start, but con­tin­ues to play down United’s ti­tle chances, de­spite oth­ers tip­ping them as favourites.

He said: “We are happy do­ing what we have got to do. It’s nice to have got a few goals, and com­ing from a lot of dif­fer­ent scor­ers.

“We are still knit­ting the team to­gether but there is a good buzz around the dress­ing room, we have lost some good play­ers but re­placed them with qual­ity.

“It was a shame we lost Sam Fisher who is do­ing a univer­sity de­gree but Lee Win­field has come in, and Liam Walsh has come in at the back and been bril­liant.

“We have been very im­pressed with him, he is one we are re­ally over the moon about.

“He is al­ready forg­ing a good part­ner­ship with Pat King­well.”

Mean­while, skip­per Gary Clarke con­firmed his hat-trick against Fisher on Satur­day was his first ever in se­nior foot­ball, hav­ing made his de­but for Town aged 16 – 12 years ago.

Liam Whit­ing is back avail­able for se­lec­tion af­ter serv­ing a two-game ban held over from last sea­son, while the club are still wait­ing on in­ter­na­tional clear­ance for new de­fender Phil Leonard.

The Sup­port­ers Club AGM takes place on Satur­day week, fol­low­ing the home game against Green­wich Bor­ough.

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