Cham­bers ready for test

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - - By An­drew Gi­d­ley

Paul Cham­bers be­lieves the visit of Green­wich Bor­ough on Satur­day will pro­vide Ash­ford United with a good idea about their own progress fol­low­ing a four-game win­ning start.

Bor­ough’s ex­is­tence was in doubt a few years ago af­ter fall­ing on hard times but new own­ers, a ground-share deal with Vanarama Con­fer­ence Pre­mier club Dart­ford, the ar­rival of new boss Ian Jenk­ins and a re­port­edly big bud­get – at­tract­ing ex-Foot­ball League play­ers Gary Alexan­der and Gary Bor­row­dale – has helped make them one of the pre-sea­son ti­tle fa­vorites.

The Ash­ford United boss (pic­tured) said: “I think they will be up there along with Tun­bridge Wells. It should be a good test.”

Cham­bers ad­mit­ted United were not at their most flu­ent in the 2-1 win at Rochester United on Tues­day night, ben­e­fit­ing from home keeper Joe Ha­gan’s 89th-minute blun­der, al­low­ing Lee Win­field’s cross to slip un­der his body.

He said: “We were for­tu­nate to win it and got out of jail at the end. We should have buried the game by then and had some great chances. Their keeper did well and I felt a bit sorry for him but foot­ball can be a cruel game.

“Lee was just try­ing to get the ball in the box, we got away with one there but the luck will even it­self out over the course of the sea­son.

Cham­bers added: “We were far from flu­ent, we played well against Fisher first game of the sea­son and sec­ond half at Lordswood last week.

“We didn’t play par­tic­u­larly well at Guild­ford on Satur­day and played in fits and starts at Rochester, so there is still a lot for us to work on.”

Cham­bers sent on sub­sti­tute Tom Scorer for Gary Mickelborough in a tac­ti­cal switch at half-time. He said: “We thought Tom would give us more in the cen­tre of the park and his goal was top drawer, so the change worked.

“He has got a slight ham­string nig­gle and it was a bit tight at the end, so the phys­ios worked on him af­ter the game. “Andy Irvine’s ham­string in­jury is a worry. We gave him the day off Satur­day, named him sub on Tues­day but he came off again and it looks like we will lose him for a few weeks now.” The Sup­port­ers Club hold their an­nual meet­ing af­ter Satur­day’s game.

United are at home to ten­ants Can­ter­bury City on Mon­day (3pm).

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM3353805

Ash­ford Town’s Jonah Diedrick is run out by Rod­mer­sham bowler Martin Henry dur­ing Satur­day’s Kent League match. See pages 80-81

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