BOSS CAN CEL­E­BRATE WITH TI­TLE SUC­CESS

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Football -

ri­vals fin­ish at Hollands & Blair.

Lye agreed terms af­ter meet­ing owner Don Cros­bie, chief ex­ec­u­tive Denise Peach and chair­man Derek Pestridge at the week­end.

He said: “I wanted to know that the bud­get for next sea­son will en­sure we will be com­pet­i­tive if we go up to the league above, which will be vi­tal.”

Lye suc­ceeded sacked Paul Chambers in Au­gust 2015, guid­ing the club to third place last sea­son only for a 10-point de­duc­tion, due to off the field is­sues, to wreck their chances of win­ning the ti­tle. Now with the is­sue over own­er­ship of the Kingsnorth site set­tled and hav­ing won their ap­peal to be con­sid­ered for pro­mo­tion, the United boss wants to make sure they get over the line this time – but con­cedes they should have done it al­ready,

He said: “We gave up that chance, with our lit­tle blip last month, but the boys are fo­cused on what we have to do and don’t need to over­think things. We know how im­por­tant Satur­day is to us.”

Satur­day’s op­po­nents Rochester have seen their sea­son hit the buf­fers, hav­ing taken only one point from the last 21, with boss Matt Hume be­moan­ing his lack of de­fend­ers, fol­low­ing the 2-0 home de­feat by Erith Town. Hume says he will be strug­gling for num­bers again this week­end.

Lye said: “I am sure they will come to us know­ing they could have a big im­pact on things and can stop us win­ning the league.”

An­other man with a mis­sion is United top scorer Shaun Welford who needs an­other hat-trick to beat Stu­art Zanone’s 47-goal club record mark for

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