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striker Shaun Welford, plenty of oth­ers have de­cided to work with Dixon.

A top-half fin­ish should be within Hythe’s grasp – if they can score enough goals.

Hav­ing sacked Justin Luch­ford in May, RAMS­GATE ap­pointed Dean Hill as play­er­man­ager with Richard Langley and Paul Mur­ray on his back­room staff.

The Rams, who started last sea­son with Tim Dixon in charge, fin­ished 12th af­ter a tur­bu­lent few months. Dixon was dis­missed in Fe­bru­ary by chair­man Paul Je­f­coate, who stepped down him­self just a few days later. Sta­bil­ity is needed at South­wood and Hill does at least have plenty of last sea­son’s squad at his dis­posal. SIT­TING­BOURNE are now un­der the sole charge of Matt Wy­att af­ter his for­mer joint­man­ager Nick Davis left the club fol­low­ing a row in pre-sea­son.

Wy­att will also have to cope with­out strik­ers Joe Tay­lor and Ryan Gold­ing, who scored a com­bined 47 goals for the Brick­ies last sea­son. Tay­lor is now with Farn­bor­ough in Con­fer­ence South and Gold­ing has joined Whit­stable.

Young play­ers will be thrust to the fore at Wood­stock Park and Wy­att’s big chance to go it alone in the dugout will see him ei­ther sink or swim. WHIT­STABLE TOWN have turned to broth­ers Jim and Danny Ward in their lat­est at­tempt to throw off the shack­les of mid-ta­ble medi­ocrity.

Since com­ing up from the Kent League in 2007, the Oys­ter­men have never fin­ished higher than 14th but their new joint-man­agers be­lieve they can change that.

New sign­ings Ian Pul­man and Ryan Gold­ing are proven goalscor­ers at this level and the Wards have brought in plenty of other play­ers they worked with at Rams­gate and Sit­ting­bourne.

Goal­keeper Luke Watkins, one of last sea­son’s shin­ing lights, has stayed. ASH­FORD UNITED have their sights set on pro­mo­tion again af­ter be­ing pipped to the ti­tle by Whyteleafe last sea­son. Paul Cham­bers has bol­stered his strike­force by sign­ing for­mer Tun­bridge Wells pair Andy Irvine and Kee­lan Mooney.

The Nuts & Bolts are shar­ing their Home­lands ground with CAN­TER­BURY CITY, for whom for­mer Herne Bay for­ward Dan Lawrence has been made cap­tain. DEAL TOWN have ap­pointed Dar­ren Anslow as man­ager, while well-backed GREEN­WICH BOR­OUGH, who tried to sign Edgar Davids in the summer, could well be the team to beat. Ja­son Lil­lis is back in charge of LORDSWOOD and their lo­cal ri­vals ROCHESTER UNITED are con­fi­dent of bet­ter­ing last sea­son’s 15th-placed fin­ish. SEVENOAKS TOWN look stronger for the ap­point­ment of man­ager Micky Collins, TUN­BRIDGE WELLS should be among the pro­mo­tion hope­fuls again and WOOD­STOCK SPORTS sim­ply want to do bet­ter than last sea­son – when they fin­ished

bot­tom.

Striker Ryan Gold­ing joined Whit­stable from Sit­ting­bourne

Ash­ford United boss Paul Cham­bers

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