Edwards a keeper in Daish reshuffle

PUBLISHED: 11:32 29 July 2010 | UPDATED: 11:50 23 August 2010

LIAM Daish signed goalkeeper Preston Edwards immediately after Ebbsfleet s home defeat against Croydon Athletic on Tuesday evening, writes Charles Webster. Preston s signing is done and dusted, Daish told the Reporter. He is a good acquisition. He kick

LIAM Daish signed goalkeeper Preston Edwards immediately after Ebbsfleet's home defeat against Croydon Athletic on Tuesday evening, writes Charles Webster.

"Preston's signing is done and dusted," Daish told the Reporter. "He is a good acquisition. He kicks really well, he's a good talker and he's got the right attitude. We thought at one stage that we might get Lance back from Gillingham, but fair play to them, they've got a good goalkeeper and a good acquisition."

Edwards is unlikely to be the last of Daish's summer signings either.

"I want to bring in players that are right for this club and who have the qualities to take the club back to the Blue Square Premier," declared the Fleet boss. "We could do with another forward. Some of the trialists I've looked at have been unknown quantities and I feel we may have to look further afield to bring in players with more pedigree. We've got a budget that can attract half-decent, part-time players."

Following Saturday's game with Gillingham, Gills boss Andy Hessenthaler tipped the Fleet to be among the Blue Square South promotion contenders.

"It may be a little early to say that," said Daish. "We're a little bit short in certain areas, but - if we get the right players in - I expect us to be up there around the promotion places."

Croydon took the lead after 10 minutes through Gary Noel and proved stubborn opposition for the Fleet, demonstrating the tenacity that took them to the Ryman One South title last season. Calum Willock netted from a quickly taken free kick 10 minutes before the interval, but his effort was ruled out for offside. Three minutes later, the Fleet were level; Craig Stone guiding the ball past keeper Mark Fox with a deft header from Tyrone Sealey's cross. Daish gave an outing to former Northampton Town striker Joe Benjamin, 19, who had a spell on loan at Eastbourne Borough last season. Twelve minutes after the break, Sam Long hit an upright and, moments later, Gareth Williams put the Rams in front direct from a 20-yard free-kick.

"I thought we started really brightly," Daish added. "Their first goal was against the run of play and there were some good performances; Craig Stone did well, as he has done lately, and got himself in the box for his goal."

Ebbsfleet United: Preston Edwards (Gareth Williams 71), Dean Pooley, Paul Lorraine (Aiden Sherlock 77), Craig Stone, Derek Duncan, Ashley Carew, Calum Willock (West 58), Scott Ginty (Neil Simpson 70), Nicholas Plumaine (Henry 58), Tyrone Sealey (Phipp 58), Joe Benjamin. Subs not used: Joe Banim,

Dion Moynihan.

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