Buoyed by Vase jour­ney

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

Danny Lye is fo­cus­ing on other chal­lenges fol­low­ing Ash­ford United’s exit from the FA Vase but says the run to the quar­ter-fi­nals has left him with a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Player-boss Lye, in­un­dated with good luck mes­sages from man­agers and clubs in the build-up to Satur­day’s 3-0 de­feat at Sal­is­bury, said: “It was a good jour­ney to get this far but they were bet­ter on the day.”

He added: “I didn’t pay it enough re­spect at the start and didn’t re­alise how big it was in Kent and the rest of the coun­try.

“I had so many texts from man­agers, who I have never spo­ken to be­fore, wish­ing us luck, which was nice and we want to have an­other good run again next sea­son.”

Lye’s at­ten­tion is now firmly on the race for the South­ern Coun­ties East League ti­tle and the Kent Se­nior Tro­phy, ahead of the home semi-fi­nal against Corinthian on Satur­day.

The win­ners face Kent In­victa League Shep­pey United, 1-0 vic­tors at Erith & Belvedere on Sun­day.

He said: “We all want to win some sil­ver­ware this sea­son and if we don’t, it will be a fail­ure.”

Third place United were due back in league ac­tion at Croy­don last night (Wed­nes­day).

Goal­keeper Ge­orge Ka­murasi has re­ceived the all-clear af­ter suf­fer­ing a rib in­jury at Sal­is­bury, while de­fender Adam Cuth­bert could re­turn at the week­end af­ter be­ing forced off with a ham­string prob­lem in the se­cond half.

United have signed for­mer Gilling­ham No.1 Daren Hawkes as cover for Ka­murasi – reg­u­lar un­der­study Nick Luen is start­ing a new job.

Gary Clarke joined in the warm-up at Sal­is­bury and says he is pleased with his re­hab, fol­low­ing a lengthy lay-off with a torn ab­duc­tor.

United are at home to Tun­bridge Wells on Tues­day (7.45pm).

Mean­while, the club are due in the High Court on Mon­day to face wind­ing up pro­ceed­ings.

The ac­tion, brought by Kent At­trac­tions, in­volves a fig­ure of around £110,000 but United CEO Denise Peach says the debt has now been paid.

She ex­pects the hear­ing to be a for­mal­ity, once all the rel­e­vant pa­per work has been pre­sented.

Pic­ture: Tom Gre­gory, Sal­is­bury Jour­nal

Ash­ford’s Michael Phillips looks on as Danny Lye chal­lenges Sal­is­bury’s Tom Whe­lan

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