Richard Styles has done an exceptional job at Lordswood, not only are they playing some good football, they are a very difficult team to beat on their own pitch, says Beckenham Town assistant manager Billy Walton
BECKENHAM TOWN assistant manager Billy Walton says his side are gearing up for some big games as they aim to win promotion at the end of the season.
Managed by Jason Huntley, Beckenham are in second-place in the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division table with 42 points in the bag from their 20 league outings.
They are one point behind leaders Sevenoaks Town, who have two games in hand and have signed left-back Ben Wilson after leaving Bostik South side Hythe Town following the departure of Clive Cook as manager to an upstairs role.
Beckenham Town travel to ninth-placed Lordswood on Saturday. Richard Styles’ side are only eight points adrift of the leaders as the promotion race turns interesting.
“We go to Lordswood in very good shape after two weeks without a game. We have trained exceptionally well and are looking forward to our trip to Lordswood,” said Walton.
“Richard Styles has done an exceptional job at Lordswood, not only are they playing some good football, they are a very difficult team to beat on their own pitch.
“It’s a tough place to go, like it is with all the teams in this league, anyone can beat anyone!
“We will have to draw on our experiences over the last two or three away games we have played in which I think the game against Lordswood will be exactly the same as they were very hard fought games.
“We are at the halfway stage of the season and we have a lot of very, very difficult games to come but I’ve got to say it is very enjoyable playing in these type of games and I know that everyone at Beckenham Town are looking forward to playing all these difficult matches. The lads are very, very much looking forward to it, it’s what you play football for.
“It’s a lot better and more enjoyable than the season we had last year. It’s going to be a very exciting second half to the season with seven or eight teams going for promotion and we are looking forward to the challenge.”
Since being knocked out of The FA Vase by Eastbourne Town, Beckenham, who escaped relegation by just one point last season, have picked up maximum points from their last five league games, beating Tunbridge Wells (2-1), Deal Town (6-1), Croydon Athletic (2-1), Cray Valley (2-1) and Rusthall (3-1).
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Lordswood v Beckenham Town
Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division
Saturday 27 January 2018
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Martyn Grove, North Dane Way, Walderslade, Chatham, Kent ME5 8YE