It's vitally important that we turn up with the right mentality and willingness to match them for effort and endeavour, says Corinthian boss Michael Golding
CORINTHIAN manager Michael Golding expects Erith & Belvedere to come out with all guns blazing when the two sides meet tomorrow.
The Deres have lost manager John Wilfort and his assistant manager Paul Springett, who both resigned on Thursday night and their coach Jamie Leggett, 31, has taken caretaker charge for the visit of Corinthian.
Corinthian are in the top ten of the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division table on 35 points from 25 games, while Erith & Belvedere are struggling in the bottom three with 20 points from 27 games and have lost their last five games and are a point above the relegation zone.
Reflecting on Corinthian’s form going into the game, Golding said: “After a positive start to February with three wins and three clean sheets, we were disappointed to finish the month with two home defeats.
“Both defeats were a classic example of not taking our chances when we were on top and the little bit of added quality that both Crowborough and AFC Croydon Athletic had on the day proved to be too much for us.”
Golding expects opposing players’ will give their all for Leggett in his first managerial job in senior non-league football.
“Tomorrow’s game at Erith & Belvedere has certainly changed complexion over the past 24 hours,” he said.
“We knew they would be fighting for their lives under their previous management, however, they now have a new manager in Jamie Leggett to go out and impress and this inevitably will result in an increase in performance level from the same set of players that have struggled to get results recently.
“It will therefore be vitally important that we turn up with the right mentality and willingness to match them for effort and endeavour, to ensure that we give ourselves the best possible chance of securing maximum points.”
Golding is keen to make it a record breaking campaign for Corinthian, adding: “For the remainder of the season, we have asked the squad as a minimum expectation to work towards a points target which would help us beat last year’s points total of 56 points, whilst also aiming to beat the highest points total the club have achieved since re-entering the league a number of years ago, which currently stands at 59.”
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Erith & Belvedere v Corinthian
Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division
Saturday 4th March 2017
Kick Off 7:45pm
at Park View Road, Welling, Kent DA16 1SY