UNITED’S UTILITY MAN IS LEADING THE LINE IN STYLE
Kieran Byrne won’t describe himself as a prolific scorer, so four goals in the opening six games is a good way to start the new season.
A stunning 30-yard strike in the FA Cup tie helped Ashford United beat Guildford City 2-0 earlier this month and he will be looking to add to his tally against Ryman League, Division 1 South pacesetters Chipstead in the preliminary round at Homelands on Saturday.
Byrne said: “I loved it, it was great and just pure instinct. The ball came to me and my first thought was just hit it. I would say it’s one of the best I have scored.
“I have done all right so far and that was enjoyable.
“I see myself as being a goal scorer, never been prolific but can get a goal or two.”
Byrne’s versatility is another plus, looking comfortable at left back, left midfield or in his present role up front in place of injured new signing Andy Irvine, who has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.
He said: “I have always been a left winger but Chambo has asked me to do a job and I will always help out where I can.
“I love playing for Ashford and the way we play.”
Byrne knows Chipstead will be difficult, adding: “They have started well but on our day we can beat anyone if we play well.
“We have stuttered, it didn’t happen for us against Canterbury City on Monday and our quality wasn’t there. “Roddy Hayward would have been devastated about his mistake for our equaliser, but he’s a good lad and will get over it.”
Boss Pau l Chambers will check on several injury doubts before the game on Saturday.
He said: “Andy is a massive miss for us. We looked a good side when he arrived in preseason but with the big man out, it’s a blow.” Chambers has resigned Roy Guiver, now youth team manager at Hythe and he could play a part at the weekend. He said: “We will be the underdogs against Chipstead and have just got to go out and enjoy it.” The winners on Saturday will receive a cheque for £1,925.
Ashford’s Kieran Byrne has started the season well