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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
Striker Ryan Golding joined Whitstable from Sittingbourne
Ashford United boss Paul Chambers