In­jured boss to carry on

FOOT­BALL: SMITH To Man­age VIa PHone FoL­LoW­Ing aC­CI­DenT aT WoRK

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Liam Smith is man­ag­ing by phone after an ac­ci­dent at work.

The 29-year-old boss of South­ern Coun­ties East League Di­vi­sion 1 Lydd Town, and Ash­ford Sun­day League side Mar­ket Ho­tel, is re­cov­er­ing at home after fall­ing three me­tres from a lad­der, leav­ing him with a bro­ken fe­mur in seven places and a dis­lo­cated hip.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened last month when Smith, a fi­bre en­gi­neer with BT Open­reach was on a job in Scot­land. He was in hos­pi­tal for two weeks, be­fore be­ing al­lowed home.

He is un­der­go­ing physio twice a week, with a full re­cov­ery ex­pected to take four months.

Smith and his wife Adel, who live in Ash­ford, had been due to be on hol­i­day in Ja­maica to cel­e­brate their wed­ding an­niver­sary.

He ad­mit­ted he had con­sid­ered quit­ting both his foot­ball jobs, saying: “We spoke about it, and she said it would be bet­ter if I car­ried on, be­cause it would give me some­thing to think about.

“Coaches Ross Ket­ley and Mickey Doyle, who has joined us from Willes­bor­ough Ath­letic, will be work­ing with the boys, and I will keep­ing in touch with them and the play­ers.”

Smith took over at the start of last sea­son at Lydd, fol­low­ing dad Dave’s re­tire­ment, guid­ing the side to a Left, Mickey Doyle. Right, Jor­dan Miller ninth-place fin­ish. He de­scribed his maiden sea­son in charge as a big learn­ing curve.

He said: “Avail­abil­ity was a prob­lem es­pe­cially around Christ­mas time, with play­ers away, and a busy sched­ule.

“I was un­able to field the same team, mean­ing there was no con­sis­tency in our play.”

Striker Gary Lock­yer has re­turned to the club, fol­low­ing a spell at Hollands & Blair, while for­mer Deal man Jor­dan Miller is an­other new face after re­cov­er­ing from a back in­jury.

Baz Ah­metaj has fol­lowed Doyle from Willes­bor­ough, while Ben Charlesworth, and last sea­son’s top scorer Tim Sims have both moved from Rol­ven­den.

Mean­while, Lydd are wait­ing to find out whether they have been ac­cepted into the Build­base FA Vase for the first time in the club’s his­tory.

Sec­re­tary Bruce Mar­shall con­firmed they have ap­plied, with the draws for the early rounds of this sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tion due to be re­leased to­mor­row (Fri­day).

‘She said it would be bet­ter if I car­ried on’

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