Striker Lockyer sees red in friendly defeat
Gary Lockyer was sent off in Lydd Town’s 3-0 friendly defeat at Erith Town on Saturday.
They were forced to play all but the opening 28 minutes with 10 men after the striker was dismissed for dissent.
Lydd beat Hawkinge 4-0 last Thursday and entertain Deal Town on Saturday (3pm).
The Lindsey Field club start the Southern Counties East League, Division 1 season with two home games, against Lewisham Borough (August 5) and Holmesdale (August 12).
Boss Liam Smith, now on crutches, recovering from a serious accident at work, says entry into the FA Vase for the first time is a major stepping stone for the club.
Lydd travel to Combined Counties League Chessington & Hook United on September 9 and Smith said: “It’s all down to the chairman and committee’s hard work. We didn’t know we were in until the draw came out.”
Lydd have signed midfielder Harry Carr on dual registration from neighbours Hythe.