Lye eager to get going
NEW BOSS KEEN TO START PLAYING ON NEW 3G PITCH
‘All going well, it will be signed off and we can focus on playing’
Ashford United boss Danny Lye is hoping to get the green light tomorrow (Friday) for his side to start playing home games.
The new 3G pitch at Homelands is due to have a FiFa inspection tomorrow and if it passes, United will host their first game of the season next Tuesday, a Southern Counties East clash against Deal Town (7.45pm).
Lye, who is in his first managerial role, is hoping for good news.
He said: “all going well it will be signed off and we can get down to business and focus on playing football rather than keep talking about the pitch.”
and if all goes to plan, Lye and his squad won’t be wasting any time in trying out the surface.
ashford have no game on Saturday due to scheduled league opponents Croydon’s Fa Cup involvement. Lye is eager to take advantage of the situation.
He said: “it (the day off) couldn’t have come at a better time for me. We’ve only had two training sessions together since i took over last month.
“This is an ideal chance for us to get together and work on a few things – and have another run on the pitch. We need to get used to it.”
Not that it appears Lye’s side have struggled to cope with a lack of training sessions.
ashford moved up to second on Tuesday night after a 7-0 win at Rochester United.
Lye said: “We’ve crept up there nicely and it’s pretty impressive when you think all our games have been away!
“We’ve just got to ensure that we carry on doing what we have been doing because it has been going all right.”
and Lye is confident there is still more to come from his side.
He said: “We haven’t had a settled side yet. Five of Tuesday’s side didn’t play in Saturday’s defeat at Tunbridge Wells.
“Once we can get the same team out on a consistent basis, i hope we will continue to see the development we have already made.”
Ashford’s Shane Redman touches down for a try against Folkestone in the Kent Shield on Saturday. See page 67 for match report