3G, SAYS BOSS
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.”