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Herne Bay manager Ben Smith is hoping that Dan Carrington can reach his potential at the club

Dan Carrington will be hoping to get his career back on track after joining Herne Bay last week.

He made the switch from Ramsgate in time to help fill the void in defence as Bay beat much-fancied Cray Valley 2-1 in Isthmian South East.

Carrington joined Callum Adonis-Taylor at the heart of the Bay backline to cover for injured duo Joe Nelder and Laurence Harvey.

Herne Bay manager Ben Smith
Herne Bay manager Ben Smith

Bay boss Ben Smith admits they don’t know the former Faversham player’s best position yet but will work it out.

“I don’t think he knows his best position,” Smith said.

“Maybe that’s why he hasn’t played Ryman Premier or higher.

“He was highly rated at Faversham and was on a contract there for a number of years and trained full time at Maidstone United at one point but unfortunately for him nothing materialised.”

Carrington left Faversham after Ray Turner quit as manager and hopes of finding some stability at Ramsgate were dashed.

Smith said: “He has come here to a settled side and hopefully he can kickstart that career of his again.

“He has the ability to play higher but we need to start by working out what his best position is.”

Kieron Campbell put Bay ahead against Cray on Saturday but Joe Tennent levelled. That’s the way it remained until Tushaun Walters won a penalty andZak Ansah converted.

Victory leaves Bay just outside the play-off places on goal difference.

“It was a fantastic result,” said Smith, who now has a selection dilemma as both Nelder and Harvey are expected back this weekend to face visiting Burgess Hill Town.

One player who earned rave reviews by the manager following his recent performances was Bola Dawodu. The striker has been playing in midfield.

Smith said: “It’s hard to play at a club as a forward when Zak Ansah is around, especially when you are playing with just one up top.

“He has had to be patient and he has shown his willingness to be a squad player and put the team first.

“He covers so much ground, he is very good in the air and last Wednesday against Whitstable (a 3-0 win) they must have thrown the ball into our box 20 times and he was invaluable to us that day.

“He’s an unsung hero for us. He might not be the one scoring the goals but ask anyone in our side and they will tell you how important he is.”

Hill lost 7-0 to Ashford last weekend and Smith knows that result could make Saturday a tough afternoon.

He said: “It’s the worst time to play them. Those players will be doing everything they can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

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