With the resources and backing that I’ve been promised our main aim next year will be promotion, vows Ramsgate boss Nick Davis

Friday 18th January 2019

RAMSGATE manager Nick Davis says he has been tasked with winning promotion into the Bostik Premier Division at the end of next season.

Davis takes charge of his sixth game tomorrow when he welcomes his former club Sittingbourne to Southwood Stadium for Chris Lynch’s first game in charge of the Brickies’.

Ramsgate are in 12th place in the Bostik South East Division table with 24 points from 20 games, while Sittingbourne are in the bottom four with 17 points from 18 games.

Davis lost his first two games in charge but has since beaten Faversham Town and Haywards Heath but were held to a 2-2 home draw by Guernsey last weekend.

Davis revealed on the eve of the game that CEO Paul Bowden-Brown wants promotion at the end of next season.

“It’s been a hectic time last month since I’ve been back involved but I’m back to what I love doing,” said Davis.

“The new board are ambitious and are backing me and that was the real appeal. Everything so far they have promised, they have delivered and they get things done. 

“So much is going on off-the-pitch which is really exciting and I have to make sure we move forward as a team on the pitch.

“Ramsgate have not competed for promotion since the club were relegated from the Ryman Premier back in 2009 and I’ve bene tasked to do just that.

“With the resources and backing that I’ve been promised our main aim next year will be promotion.”

Reflecting on matters on the pitch, Davis added:  “We have taken seven from nine points in our last three and disappointed not to have maximum points from those games.

“It was the first time this season Ramsgate had won back-to-back games and we did it away from home against a side fifth in the table and unbeaten in 11 so that made it all the more pleasing.

“From bringing in a couple of players it has allowed me to change the formation and put my most dangerous players in their best positions.

“We were frightening going forward against Haywards Heath and it’s down to me to get the balance right defensively.”

Lynch, who is Dover Athletic’s Youth of Development, takes charge for the first time and has made a number of new signings ahead of tomorrow’s game.

“I’m looking forward to Sittingbourne at home and I’m looking forward to seeing some of the supporters who were brilliant to me in the six years and 300-odd games that I was involved down there,” added Davis.

“They have a new manager and a few new players so they will look to try and impress him so it’s a difficult game.

“I’m more concerned about us and I know if we play like we have done so far this year we will get the desired result.”

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Ramsgate  v  Sittingbourne
Bostik South East Division
Saturday 19 January 2019
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Southwood Stadium, Prices Avenue, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 0AN