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Kingstonian turn to Craig Edwards in bid to beat the drop in Ryman Premier

KINGSTONIAN have turned to former Billericay Town manager Craig Edwards in their bid to avoid the drop in the Ryman Premier.

The Ks fell into the relegation zone after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Burgess Hill Town and the club announced on Sunday that they had parted company with boss Tommy Williams.

Williams, who took over in 2014, guided the club to Ryman League Cup success last season while they also finished just outside the play-offs.

This season has been much tougher, however, and they currently sit fourth bottom in the Ryman Premier with six games to go.

Ks have moved quickly to bring in experienced boss Edwards, who recently left big spending Billericay Town after a seven-year spell.

Edwards, who won the Ryman Premier title in 2011-12, said he quit the Blues due to “broken promises” from new owner Glenn Tamplin but he is now back in management with Kingstonian.

His first game in charge will be Saturday’s crucial relegation six-pointer against Jimmy Bullard’s Leatherhead before they host Burgess Hill two days later.

Kingstonian co-chairman Mark Anderson said: “Craig comes with a wealth of experience at this level of football, we are delighted that he was available to come to Kingstonian at this time.

“His approach, enthusiasm and football ethos Impressed us all and we are confident that we have made an excellent appointment.

“On behalf of the board, I urge all Ks fans to get behind Craig and the team starting on Saturday.”

A Ks statement added: “The next six games are the most important matches for Kingstonian Football Club in a decade, and it is important that everyone at the club, from players to supporters, are united and stick together in the fight against relegation.”

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