I want to get my beloved Lydd Town as high as we can in the league table but promotion this season is probably out of our reach, says Lydd Town boss Liam Smith

Thursday 28th December 2017

LYDD TOWN manager Liam Smith says he has ruled out his chances of winning promotion this season.

The club are in seventh-place in the Southern Counties East Football League First Division table with 29 points from 21 league games. 

Aylesford-based K Sports are top of the tree at Christmas with 47 points in the bag from 19 games, while Gravesend based side Punjab United are four points behind.

Lydd Town came away from struggling side Sutton Athletic with a 4-3 win last Saturday.

“I personally missed the last game as I’m in Lanzarote until tomorrow but I got told we were in control of for long periods,” said Smith.

“We were never behind, we led 1-0 early, then 3-1 after an hour for Sutton to come back to 3-3, then only for debutant Adam Phillips to score a late winner.”

Bottom-of-the-table Crockenhill – a side with a playing record of three wins and 17 defeats in the league this season – visit on Saturday.,

“The lads are still training every Wednesday,  no matter what the date is, which is pleasing.  There aren’t full numbers this time of the year but that’s the way it goes,” said Smith.

“We have Crockenhill, a side who have some good players but are struggling at the moment, that’s why they’re bottom.

“I will be telling my players that three points is a must.  We need to be more boring, we score loads of goals but we don’t mange games well enough, which is something I’m working on to put right.

“As for aspirations, it’s a cliché but I want to get my beloved Lydd Town as high as we can in the league table.  Promotion this season is probably out of our reach but we had aims set by the chairman in pre-season and that’s where we’re aiming.  I won’t tell you now but I will be honest, come the end of the season to what he and I agreed on would be the aim.”

Smith has made a couple of recent signings. 

“Ryan Philpott is a massive signing for us form Deal and Bradley Baker is a sixteen-year-old from Folkestone Invicta’s youth set-up, who started our game at Sutton and I’m very pleased to get him on board.”

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Lydd Town v  Crockenhill
Southern Counties East Football League First Division
Saturday 30th December 2017
Kick Off 3:00pm
at The Lindsey Field, Dengemarsh Road, Lydd, Kent TN29 9JH