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Kieran Byrne won’t describe himself as a prolific scorer, so four goals in the opening six matches is a good way to start the new season
He scored a stunning 30-yard strike when Ashford beat Guildford City 2-0 earlier this month and will be looking to add to his tally against Ryman League, Division 1 South pacesetters Chipstead in the preliminary round at Homelands on Saturday.
Byrne said: “I loved it, it was great and just pure instinct. The ball came to me and my first thought was just hit it. I would say it’s one of the best I have scored.
His versatility is another plus, looking comfortable at left back, left midfield or in his present role up front in place of injured new signing Andy Irvine, who has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.
He said: “I have always been a left winger but Chambo has asked me to do a job and I will always help out where I can. I love playing for Ashford and the way we play.”
Byrne knows Chipstead will be difficult, adding: “They have started well but on our day we can beat anyone if we play well."
Boss Paul Chambers will check on several injury doubts before the game on Saturday.
He said: “Andy is a massive miss for us. We looked a good side when he arrived in pre-season but with the big man out, it’s a blow.”
Chambers has re-signed Roy Guiver, now youth team manager at Hythe and he could play a part at the weekend.
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