Late burst takes goal tally to 10

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

Three goals in the fi­nal 16 min­utes main­tained Ash­ford United’s free-scor­ing start to the new sea­son as they beat Lordswood 4-0 at Martin Grove on Tues­day night, writes An­drew Gi­d­ley. League ta­bles may not mean too much two games into the new South­ern Coun­ties East League cam­paign, but 10 goals in two games leaves them top of the pile. Gary Mick­el­bor­ough fired Ash­ford in front nine min­utes be­fore half-time, be­fore sub­sti­tute Lee Black­man, Adam Cuthbert and Kieran Byrne en­sured United fin­ished with a flour­ish. Black­man’s glanc­ing header con­verted Lee Win­field’s free-kick, Cuthbert stabbed home the third three min­utes later, con­vert­ing another set piece by the ex-Hythe man, be­fore Byrne rounded things off, given time and space to crash home the fourth late on. Boss Paul Cham­bers said: “(It was) A very good night’s work, it wasn’t pretty, but we got the job done. Six points out of six, what more can we ask for? “Gary’s goal was a good fin­ish, Lee put in a cou­ple of su­perb free-kicks which we have been work­ing on in train­ing, and Byr­nesy’s was a great fin­ish as well.” United went close early on with Andy Irvine and Mick­el­bor­ough see­ing shots blocked by home keeper Matt By­ott. Mick­el­bor­ough then missed his kick in­side the area, be­fore de­flect­ing in Irvine’s shot, af­ter 16 min­utes, only to have it ruled out for off­side. Tom Scorer then fired wide, United’s quick pass­ing foot­ball lack­ing a cru­cial fi­nal pass. There was noth­ing wrong with the build-up for Mick­el­bor­ough’s opener, tar­get man Irvine’s quick pass, re­leas­ing him to beat By­ott. Luke Cuthbert picked up the first book­ing fol­low­ing a col­li­sion with James Sim­mons who was taken off suf­fer­ing from mild con­cus­sion. Black­man was also booked, Lordswood fol­low­ers claim­ing he caught home de­fender Joe Kane with an el­bow in the face – and fel­low-sub Ol­lie Finch also picked up a cau­tion.

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