United away to a flier

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Shaun Welford and Paul Booth showed why Ash­ford are in no rush to re­place Stu­art Zanone.

Both men scored as the Nuts & Bolts made it three wins out of four in South­ern Coun­ties East on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day.

The match, Home­lands ground­shar­ers Can­ter­bury’s ‘home’ fix­ture, was switched to Hythe’s Reach­fields venue due to de­lays in Ash­ford com­plet­ing their 3G pitch.

United looked at home against Can­ter­bury, de­spite the change in venue.

And they took the lead when as­sis­tant boss Welford – in charge, with man­ager Danny Lye away at a wed­ding – opened the scor­ing af­ter 38 min­utes.

Player-coach Paul Booth added the sec­ond goal nine min­utes af­ter the break.

Booth and Welford formed a for­mi­da­ble part­ner­ship as Maid­stone won pro­mo­tion via the Ry­man League, Di­vi­sion 1 South play-offs three sea­sons ago.

Boss Lye ex­pects the strik­ers to cause plenty of prob­lems play­ing down a level and help Ash­ford over the loss of last sea­son’s 47-goal top scorer Zanone, who left last week.

Lye said: “We don’t need to re­place Stu­art be­cause we’ve got Shaun and Paul at the club. Buster Smis­sen hasn’t CAN­TER­BURY ASH­FORD UTD fea­tured yet, ei­ther, and we have Dar­ren Mars­den who can play in the hole, so there’s plenty of cover.

“We know Welford and Boothy works as a part­ner­ship. Welford’s there as a tar­get­man for Boothy to play off.

“They scored goals to­gether in the Ry­man League and I’m sure they will at this level.

“Boothy had half a sea­son in South­ern Coun­ties East with Tun­bridge Wells last year, so he knows what it’s all about.

“It’s new to Shaun but a phys­i­cal league, so him.”

Ash­ford are up to third in the early stand­ings fol­low­ing Mon­day’s vic­tory.

Lye added: “We were dis­ap­pointed with the game we lost but we can’t grum­ble with three wins out of four.

“We’ve got seven games com­ing up in Septem­ber and the squad should come into its own.We’ll set our tar­gets and see how we go.” it’s quite it suits

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