Lye ea­ger to get go­ing

NEW BOSS KEEN TO START PLAY­ING ON NEW 3G PITCH

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport - By Richard Har­vey

‘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.”

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM3999358

Ash­ford’s Shane Red­man touches down for a try against Folke­stone in the Kent Shield on Satur­day. See page 67 for match re­port

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