Thursday 08th September 2005

Dockers aiming for top half

Erith Town manager John Kasapi saw his side send his former club Greenwich Borough to the foot of the Kentish Observer League table following their 1-0 win at Sevenoaks Town in midweek - but life is much better at the Erith Stadium outfit, writes Stephen McCartney.

Former Dartford striker Richard Usherwood scored the only goal of the game - with 12 minutes left - in a dire game at Greatness Park, but Kasapi is dealing with different challenges from the ones he faced at Harrow Meadow last season.

In an EXCLUSIVE interview with www.kentishfootball.co.uk he said: "We've got hot showers after the game at Erith, with much better facilities and a much better pitch but the down side is we had a budget at Greenwich and we had quite a strong team by the end of last season."

Kasapi and his trusted team of Keith D'Urso and Bob Harrell also moved to the Erith Sports Stadium with him.

"I wasn't afraid to play anyone last year in the Greenwich side as I knew I had top players, where as this year there isn't a budget for me (as is the case every season at the club).

"However, we haven't got bad players, everyone can hold their own in the Kent League," 

The Dockers entertain Sporting Bengal at the Erith Sports Stadium on Saturday and Kasapi admitted these are the sides they need to beat to be competing in the middle of the table.

"No disrespect to Sporting Bengal and Sevenoaks, there's a top five or six and there's another ten teams and Sporting Bengal, us and Sevenoaks are in those ten teams," he said.

"But I'm sure we want to be in the top eight.  VCD Athletic seem to do ok every year and they keep telling me they don't pay any money - so why can't we be in there?"

Erith Town v Sporting Bengal United
Kentish Observer League
Saturday 10th September 2005
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Erith Sports Stadium, Avenue Road, Erith