New striker quick off mark

Ash­ford United

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Football -

New-boy Tyrell Richard­sonBrown was among the scor­ers in Ash­ford United’s 3-2 pre-sea­son friendly win over Mar­gate at Home­lands on Tues­day night.

The striker, signed from Bostik Pre­mier Burgess Hill, got the sec­ond – with Dan Stubbs and Matt Day get­ting the oth­ers – as United came from be­hind to win

Gate led four min­utes af­ter the break be­fore Richard­son-Brown made it 1-1 just be­fore the hour, tap­ping in from close range, fol­low­ing a cor­ner.

Stubbs added the sec­ond with a spec­tac­u­lar 20-yard strike, be­fore Day fin­ished well to make it 3-1 with 21 min­utes left.

United boss Danny Lye said: “It was all about fit­ness but we scored some great goals.

“It was nice to see Tyrell get off the mark, Stubbsy scored an ab­so­lute screamer and Matt’s was a peach of a goal.”

He added: “It was a good com­pet­i­tive game. We mixed things up and in­volved sev­eral of our new un­der-21s as well.

“Tom Draper and Char­lie Sharpe were both out­stand­ing, with Harry Laven­der and Brandon Wil­liams also in­volved.” Hav­ing had seven cen­tre-halves avail­able in the 3-0 win against Tun­bridge Wells on Satur­day, Lye strug­gled to name one against Mar­gate.

Pat King­well was rested with a sore heel, tri­al­ist Ol­lie Perkins had a thigh prob­lem, Richard Avery was un­avail­able due to work com­mit­ments, while Tom Michel­son’s re­turn to the club looks in doubt, with Lye un­able to con­tact him.

Mean­while, Shaun Welford wasted no time in get­ting among the goals, scor­ing twice against Wells. All the goals came in an eight-minute spell in the sec­ond half.

Rory Hill put United in front soon af­ter the restart, be­fore club record goalscorer Welford dou­bled the lead from the penalty spot soon af­ter and then got his sec­ond with a loop­ing fin­ish.

United will field a young side at County League side Kings Hill on Satur­day (3pm), with Maid­stone United due at Home­lands next Tues­day (7.45pm).

The Bostik League 2017-18 fix­tures are due to be pub­lished at 10am to­day (Thurs­day).

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