Title will complete the Fairytale
Danny Lye says clinching the Southern Counties East League title would be the perfect fairytale finish to Ashford’s season.
United came from behind to beat Cray Valley 2-1 in Sunday’s Kent Reliance Senior Trophy final at Maidstone and player-boss Lye believes victory was just the fillip they needed ahead of their final four league matches.
United, who sit top only on goal difference from Crowborough, host Fisher on Saturday, before playing ‘away’ to Canterbury at Homelands on Easter Monday and Lye said: “It’s great to have won the cup but the league is the priority, all day long.
“This will give us all a lift. We’ll celebrate and then we’ll get back on it ready for the league games. The aim is to win all four. We haven’t worried about anybody else all year.
“It’s about us, how we turn up and how we perform and as long as we turn up and get about 80% of what we can do on the pitch, I think that will be enough to get us over the line.”
Lye is desperate to test himself as a manager in the Ryman League and says promotion would be the icing on the cake in what has already been a memorable season.
He added: “It could be fairytale, it’s all on my head now, so no pressure!
“It would be great for the club and for the town (to win the title). It’s such a big town and it deserves a football club that’s doing well, so hopefully we can do it for them.”
Lye has a fully fit squad to choose from for the Easter schedule and added: “I think it (the title race) will go right to the wire and it could come down to who handles the presure best.”
Cup final special – pages 58-59.