MATCH PREVIEW: Whitehawk vs Ramsgate FC
Ramsgate Football Club take on Whitehawk for more Isthmian League action on Saturday afternoon at Southwood, 3:00pm kick-off.
Matt Longhurst’s side will look to get back to winning ways following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Whitstable.
Matt Longhurst nearly has a fully fit squad available at his disposal tomorrow. Ollie Gray is the only notable absentee, suffering from a hamstring injury. The midfielder is nearing his return to action.
“We go into tomorrow’s game with confidence after last week’s result and performance against a difficult Whitstable team on a tough pitch.”
“The players coped with that very well and followed instructions plus we’ve had a decent week on the training ground.”
“I’d like to welcome Jamie Maxted, who joins from Faversham. It’s a position that we’ve been looking to fill since the likes of Liam Friend and Tom Wynter left the club. We felt we needed more stability and somebody with experience at the back at this level.”
“We’re being mindful that Jamie is somebody that’s come in for the long-term and understands the need to aid young player development at the club. He’s a local lad who’s played for Canterbury, Herne Bay and Faversham over the last 10-12 years. I’m delighted to get that over the line for tomorrow’s game.”
“We have also brought in Giorgio Russo from Ashford United. He’s a right-back and once again it was a position we’ve been looking at.”
“With Aaron [Simpson] sort of making the left-back spot his own, we needed a player of similar mould with the rest of the season and the next in mind.”
“At 24, it’s a good age. Again, a fairly local lad who’s been at one or two of the other coastal clubs in the league above and our own. We’re now pretty much there or thereabouts with what we want to do with the squad.”
“Unless of course somebody becomes available that we feel could really improve the squad, we could try. But other than that, we’re going to continue working with what we’ve got.”
“The senior players at our disposal right now are the right ones in my eyes to work with our bright youngsters who are coming through the ranks at the club.”
“In my eyes we’ve certainly got more round pegs in round holes since when I first joined and the squad has started to come together.
“Turning my attention to the match tomorrow against Whitehawk, it’s looking like it’ll be in extremely difficult conditions should it go ahead. No doubt it’ll be a tough ask for both sides.”