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

Danny Lye is ready for the fi­nal count­down in the South­ern Coun­ties East League, Premier Divi­sion ti­tle race.

A 10-goal su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence keeps Ash­ford United ahead of ti­tle ri­vals Crow­bor­ough Ath­letic with two games left.

United travel to Croy­don on Satur­day, be­fore fin­ish­ing at home to Rochester United the fol­low­ing week, while Crow­bor­ough host Beck­en­ham Town this week­end, ahead of a fi­nal day trip to Hol­lands & Blair.

United boss Lye said: “We are go­ing to tick each 45 min­utes off as we go and that’s all we can do.

“I’m not keep­ing tabs on ev­ery minute of ev­ery­thing Crow­bor­ough do. Some­body told me af­ter Mon­day’s win over Can­ter­bury they had won 6-2 at Fisher but we can’t worry about what they are do­ing – it’s all about us.”

Nearly 800 fans watched the two games at Home­lands over the Easter week­end and Lye be­lieves set­tling the is­sue of own­er­ship and the club’s great form has been a big boost on and off the pitch.

He said: “Ev­ery­body feels part of the club again and there is a buzz back around the place.”

Lye says the form of Dan Stubbs, back to his best af­ter surgery to re­con­struct his knee and the cap­ture of two more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers, Richard Avery and Joe Vines, have helped United’s cause but it’s the ar­rival of lo­cal boy Matt Day which has cre­ated plenty of in­ter­est.

He said: “Matt is 17, lives at Ten­ter­den and played for our un­der-13s, be­fore go­ing to Mill­wall. He is be­ing re­leased at the end of the sea­son and has been keep­ing fit, train­ing and play­ing with the un­der-18s.

“We watched him play and liked what we saw.”

He added: “Matt has got exit tri­als com­ing up for young­sters be­ing let go by pro clubs and some­body might take him but if they don’t, we hope he will be part of our set-up and could be one for the fu­ture.

“Dan has played in the Con­fer­ence and gives us ex­pe­ri­ence along with Richard and Joe, who we wanted to come in, be vo­cal and or­gan­ise.

“They took a lit­tle bit of time to set­tle but ev­ery­body has now bought into them.

“Vi­nesy hasn’t started the last few games but he is still con­tribut­ing, both on the bench and in the dress­ing room.”

hosts the Ash­ford Char­ity Tro­phy fi­nal, be­tween New Rom­ney Re­serves and Faver­sham United tonight (Thurs­day, 7.30pm).

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