Lye: Per­for­mance not up to scratch

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Ashford United -

Danny Lye of­fered an hon­est as­sess­ment of this South­ern Coun­ties League de­feat, spoil­ing all the pre-match pos­i­tiv­ity sur­round­ing the new 3G pitch at Home­lands.

The player-boss, in his first home match in charge since re­plac­ing Paul Cham­bers last month, said: “We didn’t per­form.

“Too many didn’t have good games, a cou­ple of peo­ple were not fit enough af­ter be­ing away for a cou­ple of weeks and hadn’t done a bit them­selves. Words were said about that.

“There’s no panic but it’s win-one-lose-one at the mo­ment. We want to stick a run to­gether.”

He added: “We wanted things to click quickly but it won’t hap­pen overnight. It will take a bit of time to gel.”

United made a good start with both Paul Booth and Dar­ren Mars­den prom­i­nent while Lye, play­ing him­self just in front of the back four, saw an ef­fort bounce off the bar.

Young­ster Josh

Wool­ley, ASH­FORD UTD ERITH TOWN one of nine home debu­tants in the 16-man squad, missed the tar­get with an ef­fort and Booth, who had a frus­trat­ing first half, fired just wide of the far post.

Ben Mun­dele put Erith in front 11 min­utes af­ter the break be­fore Mar­den limped off, re­placed by Shaun Welford.

United lev­elled with 18 min­utes left, Booth con­vert­ing his third penalty of the sea­son af­ter skip­per Michael Phillips was fouled by Wil­lis.

How­ever, Erith’s quick break led to their sec­ond five min­utes later, Tom Gar­rick scor­ing into an empty net af­ter United had failed to clear.

Ea­son, Browne, Paul, King­well, El­liott, Lye, Col­lado (Palmer 53mins), Phillips, Mars­den (Welford 60mins), Booth, Wool­ley (Bo­sio 53 mins). Subs not used: A. Cuth­bert, Sprosen. 265.

Ash­ford un­der-18s beat East­bourne Bor­ough 2-1 in the Ry­man Youth League Cup on Thurs­day night.

Pic­ture: Wayne McCabe FM4019767

Club chair­man Derek Pestridge, CEO Denise Peach and club owner Don Cros­bie, right, at Home­lands on Satur­day

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