UNITED’S UTIL­ITY MAN IS LEAD­ING THE LINE IN STYLE

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

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

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