Stones coach: We have the squad to push for the title

Friday 10th March 2006
Maidstone United will be boosted with the return of midfielder Jimmy Strouts for tomorrow’s top-three clash with Thamesmead Town at Bourne Park.


The Stones, currently leading the Kentish Observer League table are five points clear of third placed Thamesmead Town, and coach Alan Walker is delighted to have the experienced midfielder available.

Strouts would have missed Tuesday’s Kentish Observer League Cup semi-final at Hythe Town due to work commitments, but the game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Reachfields Stadium.

Walker told  “At this level, players prefer to be involved in games rather than training so if we’re playing midweek games as well, our players actually prefer that situation and it’s also something they need to be used to when playing at a higher level anyway.”

The former Sittingbourne, Tonbridge Angels and Bromley manager is, however, looking forward to their clash with Thamesmead.

”We know they will be a really tough game and we learnt a few things when we got the draw at their place earlier in the season.

”After the disappointment of the Whitstable game, we seemed to have shaken off that performance last weekend.

”It’s a fact at any level, teams will have a couple of blips during the season and hopefully that’s ours over and done with and still having only been beating twice in the league shows that we have the squad to push for the title and that push continues on Saturday.”