Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport - By Craig Tucker

Danny Lye says Ash­ford will be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to sign play­ers once their 3G pitch is ready.

Heavy rain has led to fur­ther de­lays in com­plet­ing the Home­lands pitch.

It is due to be tested on Septem­ber 11 and, if it’s fit for use, new United boss Lye ex­pects the club to ben­e­fit in the trans­fer mar­ket.

He said: “I know lots of peo­ple and I’ve had a lot of calls but un­til ev­ery­one knows what’s hap­pen­ing with the pitch, it’s dif­fi­cult to at­tract play­ers.

“We want play­ers from higher lev­els and we’ll bring them in as and when we can.

“The pitch is the pri­or­ity for the club and I know Don Cros­bie, the owner, is work­ing hard on it.

“The rain has held things up over the last cou­ple of weeks and Op­er­a­tion Stack be­fore that.

“The club’s up in the air a lit­tle bit but as soon as the pitch is ready, it’s only go­ing to get big­ger and bet­ter.

“There are so many peo­ple liv­ing in Ash­ford that we have the ca­pa­bil­ity to be­come a big club.

“With the fa­cil­i­ties, a good bud­get and the po­ten­tial, I couldn’t ask for more for my first job in man­age­ment.”

Ash­ford are third in South­ern Coun­ties East ahead of their trip to mid-ta­ble Tun­bridge Wells on Satur­day (3pm).

Lye played un­der new Wells boss Keith Bird at Cray last sea­son, so he has a good idea of what to ex­pect.

He said: “Keith works hard be­hind the scenes, he does a lot of scout­ing and his team will be well drilled.

“Ev­ery side in this league works hard and has a bit of pace that can trou­ble you but I’m not wor­ried about how they play – I want to con­cen­trate on what we do.

“If ev­ery­one’s right and we’re play­ing well, we can beat any­one in this league.”

Ash­ford were due to host Rochester on Tues­day but the fix­ture has been re­versed due to the 3G pitch de­lays.

Lye said: “Rochester have been good to us, agree­ing to switch the game. It’ll be another tough one.”

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