Lye in up­beat mood

V.J. Tech­nol­ogy Cap­tain vows to stay on at strug­gling Ash­ford con­fi­dence high ahead of fa vase tie

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport - By An­drew Gi­d­ley

to build on the suc­cess at Dun­ston in the last round, be­liev­ing that at 2-0 down they were out of the com­pe­ti­tion.

He said: “We thought we wouldn’t come back from that, hav­ing lit­er­ally thrown it away but won’t lose that feel­ing of win­ning and can have it again if we beat Sal­is­bury.”

Lye re­vealed he had banned talk of the Vase un­til af­ter Tues­day night’s win against Rochester but knows Clar­idge, who watched the 6-1 win against Beck­en­ham on Satur­day, went away with plenty to think about.

New sign­ing Jon Pil­beam has Wem­b­ley pedi­gree, hav­ing been a mem­ber of the Tun­bridge Wells team who lost to Spen­ny­moor in the 2013 Vase fi­nal.

The 25-year-old fit­ness trainer had joined United on dual reg­is­tra­tion terms from Folke­stone af­ter 10 weeks out with in­jury.

Pil­beam said: “It’s a great mem­ory that will stay with me for ever.

“It lifted the whole town and the United boys are ex­cited. There is a real buzz about them and it brings it all back to me.” Lye added: “I have al­ways liked Jon as a player and have kept on at Neil Cu­g­ley, ask­ing him what was hap­pen­ing with him at Folke­stone.

“He has agreed to let him come to get games. We have also brought in Chris Saun­ders to give us bite in mid­field.”

Two sup­port­ers’ coaches are fully booked for Satur­day’s tie.

‘We won’t lose that feel­ing of win­ning’

Pic­ture: Re­becca Hol­l­i­day FM4217526

Ash­ford United man­ager Danny Lye be­lieves his side have as much pedi­gree

as Satur­day’s op­po­nents Sal­is­bury, who are man­aged by

Steve Clar­idge

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