This week, 1st Team Manager, Tim Dixon, spoke to the website regarding further changes to the squad as we approach the business end of the season. Over to Tim...
“It's getting to the exciting time of the season for many clubs, teams are fighting it out for promotion and others are battling it out down at the bottom. On Wednesday night, Burgess Hill lost their first league game of the season, at home to Whyteleafe. It really was a monumental effort from Ian Chapman and his team since they beat us 1-0 on the opening day of the season.
Since then, there have been a few changes to our squad as we constantly try to improve as a football club. It's still early days for me, Darren, Kev and Laney as a Management team, but we feel we are starting to make progress with the squad we have.
I must say that we have really bolstered both our numbers and quality since the New Year, which we needed to do because of the precarious position we found ourselves in. Added to that was the fact that we had so many injuries, we couldn’t go into the final stages ill-equipped for the weekly battles that we faced. I must also add that the Board have been really supportive during this period. It's good to have a Board that let me get on with the football side of the club and don’t interfere too much. I know a couple of managers that would love to be in that position.
With all that comes the problems of keeping players happy and making sure that they get enough minutes. A few weeks ago, Ryan Philpott dual-registered with Deal Town to get more regular games, he has been superb in his spell with them and has managed to score hat-tricks in his last two games. On Tuesday night, Louis Sprosen played for Erith Town for the same reason. He has been injured for quite a while and he needs a few games to get back to normal and to help with his fitness.
Also on Tuesday, Paul Chambers at Ashford needed an experienced midfielder in their important match against Erith & Belvedere. We decided to dual-register Michael Yianni with them, who missed last week’s game due to suspension, he also managed ninety minutes and put in a great shift in their 2-1 win. Also on the bench for Ashford was Jamie Collado who has decided to join them for the rest of the season. He had been on the bench for us in recent weeks and wanted to play regularly, but because of the competition for places in midfield at the moment, I couldn’t promise him that. I wish him well as he is a good honest lad who gives nothing but 100%.
With Sam Bewick and Bradley Jordan doing well in midfield, it has given me lots to think about and a few welcome headaches. Dave Pilcher is another player who has been on the bench for a few weeks and we really need to get him some game time as well. Coincidentally, we have just received a seven day approach for him this week, from another Kent club in our league, we will of course allow him to speak to them ASAP. Injury-wise, our only real problem is the long-term injury to Dan Eason which remains an issue, Dan will hopefully be having an operation at the end of the season.
Recent performances have been quite good and the support we had for the Horsham game was fantastic, which the lads really appreciated. We need to keep that going as we only have three more home games. It would be great to see a really good crowd for the Folkestone game on Easter Monday as we try to put one over our Shepway rivals. Thanks for your continued support and up the Cannons!"
Originally Published - 20/03/15
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