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Danny Lye is back­ing Daren Hawkes to be­come his new No.1 keeper at Ash­ford. For­mer Gilling­ham young­ster Hawkes will be handed the chance to suc­ceed Ge­orge Ka­murasi, who has been of­fered terms by Na­tional League Brom­ley. Hawkes, who had a spell as backup keeper at Home­lands last sea­son, has got him­self in shape ahead of pre-sea­son train­ing, which starts on July 2. Boss Lye said: “Daren’s got the po­ten­tial to be our No.1. That’s the con­ver­sa­tion I’ve had with him. “He’s been a pro at Gills so there’s no rea­son why he can’t be our goal­keeper. It’s in his hands. “He sat on the bench a few times for us last sea­son but with Ge­orge in good form he wasn’t get­ting a chance, so he went to get a cou­ple of games with Can­ter­bury. “He put on quite a bit of weight over the last three or four years but he’s lost five stone this year. “He’s com­ing along to pre-sea­son and, if he’s fit, he would be a good sign­ing for us.” Ash­ford hope to an­nounce two more sign­ings by the end of the week. Deals for a cen­tre-half and a mid­fielder are done but the play­ers are still to no­tify their clubs. Lye said: “They’re two ma­jor sign­ings for us. I think peo­ple will be happy when we an­nounce them. “They played for teams in the top three of our league last year. That’s all I can say at the mo­ment.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4377199

Ash­ford’s Alexan­dra Prick­ett won the in­ter­me­di­ate girls’ 300m hur­dles fi­nal at the Kent Schools Cham­pi­onships at the Julie Rose Sta­dium. See page 62

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