United lack­ing in con­sis­tency

Ashford United

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Ashford United lost 1-0 at home to Whit­stable Town in their penul­ti­mate pre-sea­son friendly on Tues­day night.

The de­ci­sive ac­tion came af­ter 19 min­utes – United goal­keeper Ge­orge Ka­murasi mak­ing a dou­ble save from Char­lie Smith’s penalty, be­fore Ol­lie Lee put Whit­stable ahead from the fol­low-up cor­ner.

Boss Danny Lye said: “We didn’t play par­tic­u­larly well and haven’t been as con­sis­tent as we would like in pre-sea­son but there are no points at stake and we have to get on with it.”

Lye put his play­ers through a train­ing ses­sion af­ter Satur­day’s South­ern Coun­ties East League cur­tain raiser – the Roy Vin­ter Shield – was called off af­ter op­po­nents Sevenoaks Town man­ager Micky Collins re­fused to play, cit­ing prob­lems with a sprin­kler, claim­ing the Home­lands pitch was un­playable.

Lye added: “I don’t know why he cre­ated such a fuss and I think he had an agenda from the mo­ment he turned up.

“If he didn’t want to play the game, he only had to pick up the phone and tell me. I didn’t speak to him my­self, the boys were warm­ing up in the nor­mal way and I just sat on the wall watch­ing events un­fold.”

United ac­cused op­po­nents Sevenoaks of a lack of re­spect af­ter the game be­tween the re­spec­tive cham­pi­ons and League Cup win­ners was post­poned an hour be­fore kick-off.

The SCEL are await­ing re­ports from ref­eree Chris My­att and both clubs be­fore de­cid­ing what ac­tion to take but United chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Cros­bie says they don’t want the game re­ar­ranged.

Collins was un­happy with a sprin­kler in the mid­dle of the pitch.

Mr Don Cros­bie said: “He (Collins) didn’t want to play.

“You could see that in his body lan­guage. He kicked a hole in the sprin­kler.

“We cov­ered it with rub­ber crumb but he still wouldn’t play.

“We asked the ref­eree at 2.15pm if he would play the game and he said ‘ yes’ but Collins had al­ready left the ground by then.”

Mr Cros­bie added: “I think Sevenoaks got the hump be­cause they wanted to stage the game them­selves.

“We said as league cham­pi­ons it was our right to host it, none of their hi­er­ar­chy were here.

“Sevenoaks showed us to­tal dis­re­spect and Collins’ be­hav­iour means he is not wel­come at the club.”

Oaks chair­man Paul Lans­dale, re­fused to com­ment on the post­pone­ment, say­ing it was now in the hands of the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and the SCEL.

He added: “I couldn’t be at the game my­self due to a per­sonal com­mit­ment and other mem­bers of our com­mit­tee were on hol­i­day.

“I did email Ashford last Thurs­day in­form­ing them of that.”

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