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Nuts & Bolts Want Two or Three Players

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Paul Chambers, manager of Kent Invicta League club Ashford United, is on the hunt for two or three summer signings to bolster his squad.

The Nuts & Bolts look set to finish third in their second season in the Invicta League, despite only losing four games.

But they have been edged out for the title by Phoenix Sports – who have lost just once – while Hollands & Blair sit second.

Chambers said: “I’m already looking for a few players for next year – I need to add two or three.

“If someone had said at the start of the season we’d lose only four games I think everyone would have taken it.

“You’d probably think that if you lost four games all year you’d win the league but it hasn’t happened.

“We’ve got two games left and we need to win one to guarantee third – that shows just how competitive a league it has been.”

United saw off Sutton Athletic 2-1 at Homelands on Saturday in front of a crowd of 177.

Adam Cuthbert grabbed both goals either side of a Mike Mills strike for the visitors in the last home game of the campaign.

Chambers said: “It was a good game – I really enjoyed it.

“I thought we played really well, especially in the first half where we were excellent.

“We scored a couple of good goals but it was another game where we had some funny decisions.

“Damian Abel had a goal disallowed when he was never offside. The linesman was looking at the player shooting and I was looking at Damian – and he’d run from behind the defender to score.

“He was never offside – it was a perfectly good goal – but then we scored from a corner to win 2-1 and that was a foul.”

Chambers brought on 18-year-old goalkeeper Joe Mant to play out pitch in second half stoppage time – then praised him for his “great attitude” in his first season playing first-team football for the club.

The boss added: “Joe’s such a nice lad – I’ve got a lot of time for him.

“He’s only 18 and he’s too fit to be a goalkeeper. He’s got to be one of the fittest players in our squad.

“He plays outfield in training and he’s got bags of energy.

“At the end of the day, if he hadn’t gone off to his Kent games and to America he’d still be our number one.

“He could go far – he’s so young but he’s got a lot of confidence and he fits in well with us.”

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