Lye’s men in fine fettle
Ashford United rounded off their pre-season build-up with a 4-0 win over Kent County League Kennington at Homelands on Tuesday night.
Boss Danny Lye fielded a strong side against the club managed by former United player Dan Scorer and including three other Nuts and Bolts players, Scorer’s brother Tom, Sam Conlon and Sam Fisher.
Conlon, now with Canterbury City, missed his side’s FA Cup defeat on Saturday after getting married the previous day and played with the agreement of his manager Ben Smith.
United skipper Richard Avery and Tyrell Richardson-Brown made it 2-0 at half-time with under-21 youngster Clark Woodcock and Adrian Stone doubling the advantage in the second half.
Lye, who had a run-out himself in the second-half, named Pat Kingwell and Frazer Walker in the starting line-up after revealing last week both were struggling to be fit for the start of the new season.
Vice-captain Kingwell had been placed on a monitor, after being diagnosed with a heart murmur, while left-back Walker has been
‘Pat has been given the all-clear’
sidelined with a knee injury.
Lye said: “Pat has been given the all-clear and got 60 minutes but is still short of match fitness and Frazer played for an hour as well.”
Chris Elliott, back at the club after signing from Sittingbourne to bolster United’s defensive options, was also involved.