I think we’ve got real momentum and real togetherness and something that we can build on and take it into next season, says Hythe Town boss Steven Watt
HYTHE TOWN manager Steven Watt says his side have real momentum going into the business end of the season.
The Cannons remain in eleventh-place in the Isthmian League South East Division table with 32 points from their 24 league outings after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to play-off chasing Herne Bay at the weekend.
Hastings United are top of the tree with 52 points from 23 games, while the four play-off places are presently occupied by Ashford United (46 points); Whitehawk (45 points); Cray Valley (42 points) and Herne Bay (38 points but with a game in hand).
Watt takes his side to Sevenoaks Town on Tuesday night and Micky Collins’ side are in eighth-place in the pecking order with 34 points from 22 games.
“We’ve had one defeat in the last nine but I don’t look too much into that, I just look at the game that’s next, a trip to Sevenoaks on Tuesday night, which will be another tough game,” said Watt.
“I don’t tend to look back and dwell on past wins and results. If you do that, if they’re good you start getting carried away with yourselves. if they’re bad you can start over-thinking things.
“You’ve got to take the game that’s in front of you and do all you can to win that game and move onto the next one and that’s what we’ll do.”
Sevenoaks Town have drawn Hastings United 2-2 last time out on the 3G playing surface at Greatness Park before coming away from Faversham Town with a 2-0 win on Saturday.
“It’s another tough game, they’re a good side and very good going forward,” said Watt.
“We’ve played them here, it was a very close game and we were very unlucky to lose 1-0 but we’re very different to what we were that evening, so it will be interesting to see how we shape up against them but I think if we play like we did against Herne Bay, I’m positive we’ll come away with some points.”
The four play-off places are up for grabs with 12th placed Chichester (30 points from 19 games) still in with a chance to claim a ticket to the four-team play-off party at the end of the season.
“It’s still within our reach, I’m not going to talk about play-offs. Our margin for error is a lot smaller than everyone else’s, so as long as we concentrate on winning the next game, that’s all we’ve got to do.
“We tried to win on Saturday, we didn’t so we go to Tuesday and try to win on Tuesday night, to the rest of the season to try to get the play-offs.
“We’ve had a lot of change this season. There’s been a lot of ins and outs, I’m obviously one of them, which is always difficult when a club changes and a new manager comes in but there’s always some change.
“When we played Herne Bay last in the league I think there were only two starters that were on the pitch at their place earlier on in the season so it shows you how many changes there’s been at this football club, so it’s taken time. It’s taken longer than what I wanted it to take if I’m honest.
“We’ve now got a squad now and a togetherness in there and we’re all wishing the season started now, not halfway through or towards the end of it because I think we’ve got real momentum and real togetherness and something that we can build on and take it into next season.”
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Sevenoaks Town v Hythe Town
Isthmian League South East Division
Tuesday 4 February 2020
Kick Off 7:30pm
at Greatness Park, Mill Lane, Seal Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 5BX