Longhurst Encouraged by Lockdown Attitudes
The Isthmian League confirmed this week that, subject to government guidelines, Ramsgate will return to competitive football on December 19th, with a trip to Lloyd Blackman’s Whitstable Town.
Despite not being able to train during the break, it has been no rest for Matt Longhurst, or his squad, with the men ensuring they are in prime condition to hit the ground running upon restart.
“We have been able to get the players fit and clear of injuries and also get some details over to the team in terms of how we are going to play and the way we are going to setup when we get going again in terms of organisation on and off the ball.” Said Longhurst
“They have been set various forms of fitness training that they can do at home and local to them. There are three- and seven-mile runs, to replicate matches, and some core work as well as obviously joining in with The Great Rams Run!” he explained.
The Rams have away friendlies provisionally organised at Longhurst’s former club Erith & Belvedere as well as Staines Town and SCEFL title favourites Chatham Town, to ensure the squad is match ready, but the former Deres boss is confident they will be for the trip along the Thanet Way the week before Christmas:
“I’ve been delighted with the attitudes of the players during lockdown. Doing their running and other activities and exercises.
“It has been a difficult period for us, but we have been able to utilise the time to ensure we are where we want to be.
“We have got just under two weeks now until we can resume training ahead of hopefully the league restarting on the 19th, which we all look forward to.”
First team football looks set to return to Southwood on Monday 28th December for a Kent Derby against Sittingbourne, who sit three points below The Rams having played a match less. Tickets details will be confirmed in the coming weeks!