Jimmy Ward gives his view after 1-0 win at home to Hastings United
Danny Ward speaks to Tony Rouse after the 1-1 draw at home to Burgess Hill Town
I think the main message from me is that despite recent results there is no need for panic. We have had not had the rub of the green and have given away some sloppy goals. The number of players carrying injuries, suffering illnesses and being impacted by personal problems is unprecedented. The season is a “marathon and not a sprint” and it was only two weeks ago that we came within one great save of beating a high quality Folkestone Invicta side.
Looking back at Saturday, we had two players who ended up in hospital with Nick Treadwell suffering some concussion and Luke Doherty having a nasty gash on his in-step. I was disappointed that a number of incidents went unpunished and believe on another day there could have been at least one red card. I also feel that if Scott Heard’s goal had been allowed to stand then we would have gone onto to win the game.
We continue to look at the Under 21s players. A number are showing real promise but may not be quite ready for the first team yet. They will have another chance to shine on Thursday evening when they entertain Lewes in the Under 21 League.
We are continuing to strengthen the squad- Some of those we have been talking too have asked for crazy money. We will stick to the budget and spend within our means and not break the bank.
I would love to come out of the next two games with two “ugly” one- nil wins. It may not been pretty but would put us back on track. Of course, Jim and I remain 100% committed to Whitstable Town FC and will be doing all we can to maximise point opportunities.
Looking ahead we plan to hold another “Meet the Manager ” evening. Perhaps it would be good for those who are quick to criticise on the Forum to come to a meeting and put over their points of view. Jim and I are always willing to discuss the football and this will be another opportunity to let you know our plans without sharing them with other club.
Whitstable’s Danny Ward, who is joint manager with his brother Jim; speaking after the 2-2 draw at the Belmont Ground against Folkestone.
Jim says “It has been a great start to the season with us sitting in the top half of the table. We rested three players on Tuesday night against Herne Bay with Tom Loynes, Scott Heard & Nick Treadwell having injury niggles. Unfortunately we had three players who came off during the game. Ashley Ulph, Luke Watkins and Ollie Gray picked up various injuries. Both Ollie Gray and Scott Heard look doubtful for the weekend whilst Ashley Ulph will face a late fitness test. Nick Treadwell, Luke Watkins and Tom Loynes should be fine.
We still feel we are ahead of where we expect to be in our three year plan. Without putting undue pressure on our defence it is definitely an area that we need to concentrate to ensure we do not keep “leaking goals for fun”.
We obviously keep looking for opportunities to strengthen our squad. We hope you are enjoying the football and look forward to seeing you either down at Worthing on Saturday or at home next Tuesday. “
Jim Ward joint manager of Whitstable Town speaks after the 5-4 victory against Walton Casuals in the League-, Ward says: “I don’t know where to start, I have been involved in football a long, long time, but that was something else’…