Lye given new deal

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

Danny Lye has signed a new two-year deal with Ash­ford United with the club just 90 min­utes away from win­ning the South­ern Coun­ties East League Pre­mier Di­vi­sion ti­tle.

The Home­lands boss con­firmed the news this week ahead of their fi­nal game of the sea­son, a home clash against Rochester United, as they bid for pro­mo­tion to the Ry­man League.

United – who have won their last six matches – go into the game on 89 points, level with ri­vals Crow­bor­ough but with a su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence of plus 13 fol­low­ing their 4-0 win at AFC Croy­don last week­end. Their ti­tle a sea­son. Lye added: “If he scores two it’s some­thing we will have to think about but Shaun is a win­ner most of all, and wants to help us get pro­moted.

“See­ing him out­run de­fend­ers half his age and his strength and de­sire against Croy­don was in­cred­i­ble.”

Goal­keeper Ge­orge Ka­murasi and Rory Hill, two lead­ing can­di­dates for player-of-the-year recog­ni­tion with Welford, and mid­fielder Dave Bot­ter­ill are also set to sign new deals.

United’s end of sea­son pre­sen­ta­tions will form part of their Fam­ily Fun Day at Home­lands on Sun­day week.

The Mayor of Ash­ford Cllr Ge­orge Koowa­ree will of­fi­cially open pro­ceed­ings at 1pm. Ad­mis­sion is free.

Pic­ture: Alan Coomes

Shaun Welford opens the scor­ing from the penalty spot dur­ing United’s 4-0 win at Croy­don on Satur­day. Re­port, page 62

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