MATCH PREVIEW: Hastings United v Ramsgate FC

MATCH PREVIEW: Hastings United v Ramsgate FC

10/01/2020

Ramsgate Football Club take on Hastings United for more Isthmian League action on Saturday afternoon at the Pilot Field Stadium, 3:00pm kick-off.

Matt Longhurst’s side will look to pick up the clubs first win in ten but they face no easy task as they face the league leaders who have lost just one game all season. 

Ramsgate currently sit in 19th place in the table but a win or a draw could put themselves above Three Bridges in 18th. 

Meanwhile Hastings have the opportunity to boost their current four point lead at the summit of the table. 

TEAM NEWS: 

Tom Coyne misses the match with a back injury suffered on the weekend. The club are optimistic that the defender, who put in a Man of the Match display in our last outing, can be involved next week. 

Dan Barrett is struggling with a groin injury that he picked up playing with the U23’s on Monday. He won’t be available for selection.

Tom Chapman remains sidelined with a wrist injury he suffered 4 months ago. 

New signings Charlie Meade, Phil Starkey, Will Thomas and James Turner are all set to be in the travelling 18-man squad tomorrow. 

MANAGERS VIEW:

"We are very much looking forward to the game tomorrow. An afternoon away to Hastings is always tough, regardless of where they are in the league."

"I thought we performed well last week - all of the players worked very hard and I'll be looking for more of the same tomorrow."

"We have a couple of injury concerns such as Tom Coyne, but equally we've strengthened the side with four new signings who could all be involved."

"Farzad Haidary and Sam Bangura will both be involved once again after impressing, and the side won't change that much from last Saturday."

"To the credit of Hastings, they are pretty much the blue-print for what you want to achieve at this level of football. They have Craig Stone and Gary Elphick at the base of their team who are experienced and have bought into the philosophy of Craig Agutter." 

"They still have a young group of players around them aided by the likes of Sam Adams and Jack Dixon, who I think is one of the best midfielders in the division. They've got a good spine to their team with players who have quality, pace and energy. It's just a well-coached side all-round."

"I believe my group of players have an opportunity to go and prove a point for themselves. It'll give me somewhat of an understanding as to where we are at."

"The players have trained hard, my staff have worked hard, the feedback from the supporters and the Youth Section is positive and I can't thank them all enough for the support in the last ten or so days."

"As I said - It'll be a tough game but one for us and the supporters to look forward to. Big crowd, nice pitch and fingers crossed a top game of football."

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