I’ve never known the competition to be so fierce, says Sheppey United assistant Barry Morgan
SHEPPEY UNITED assistant manager Barry Morgan says his club face stiff competition for honours this season.
The Ites are in fourth-place in the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division table with 14 points on the board from their eight games.
Ernie Batten’s Sheppey are a couple of points adrift of surprise league leaders Lordswood but they do have a game in hand on Richard Styles’ side.
“Looking back over the last couple of weeks, it’s quite satisfying to be unbeaten in our last five games,” said Morgan.
“To find ourselves in the top six at this stage proves we are improving. The competition is tough in each and every game.
“In all my years being involved and managing sides at this level, I’ve never known the competition to be so fierce.
“It appears nearly everyone fancies their chances this year.”
Sheppey United have home advantage on thirteenth-placed league rivals Tunbridge Wells in tomorrow’s FA Vase Second Qualifying Round clash at Holm Park.
Morgan said: “The FA Vase gives us a nice break from the league and in Tunbridge Wells, tough opponents as well.
“They appear to have really pushed the boat our regarding players, so we know we’re in for a hard game.
“We’ve trained twice this week, after a comfortable victory against Rochester. It was a nice 4-0 win but the result has come at a cost with two long-term injuries to deal with.”
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Sheppey United v Tunbridge Wells
The Buildbase FA Vase Second Qualifying Round
Saturday 23rd September 2017
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Holm Park, Queenborough Road, Halfway, Sheerness ME12 3DB