Lydd Town are in the unusual position this season of looking to bounce back from defeat.

The Lydders suffered just their second defeat of the campaign on Tuesday night, losing 2-1 at Rochester.

Tyler Sterling makes an impression at Lydd Photo: Randolph File

They remain top of the Southern Counties East Division 1, three points ahead of Faversham Strike Force.

Next up is a home game this Saturday (3pm) against pre-season title favorites Snodland at Lindsey Field.

Mickey Doyle’s men have performed well against their promotion rivals so far and will be looking to put on a performance against a Town side who are just outside the play-offs in sixth.

“Snodland were one of the title favorites heading into the season,” said boss Doyle.

“Their team shows it, and their budget shows it, and they push hard.

“But we have beaten fellow title favourites, Larkfield and New Hythe, on our home turf this season and we have to try to use that experience to come away with another win.

“Hopefully we can attract a good crowd, the more the better.

“We try to involve the community as best we can.”

Lydd beat AFC Whyteleafe 2-1 at home last Saturday, Kenny Pogue with an 88th-minute winner after Jack Price canceled out the visitors’ opener.

They’ve made a habit of scoring late goals this season – a useful tool in their arsenal.

“I don’t know about Fergie’s time, it’s Lydd’s time now,” Doyle said.

“We have had a few late winners this season. Craig Calvert scored two goals in over 90 minutes.

“That’s not how I want to do it – the boys are taking years out of my life by leaving it so late – but it’s the sign of a good team when you go all the way.

“I know we have goals in us, it’s just about trying our luck sooner.”

Doyle, meanwhile, expects Tyler Sterling to gain influence as the season progresses.

Pressed for big things by Folkestone boss Neil Cugley last season, he finds himself playing three levels down since signing for Lydders on double registration.

“Tyler wants minutes, he wants to enjoy his football and we’re more than happy to give it to him,” Doyle said.

“He’s a quality player and a decent boy.

“We are happy that he is in our dressing room and not someone else’s. He will set this league on fire, I can assure you of that.