We want to win the double. We can’t be runner-up or get beaten in the Semi-Final, it doesn’t register with me, says Beckenham Town assistant manager Billy Walton

Sunday 26th January 2020

BECKENHAM TOWN assistant Billy Walton says his side must replicate their impressive performance against Glebe yesterday for the remainder of the season.

They came away from Foxbury Avenue with a 6-2 win to book a trip to Corinthian in the Kent Senior Trophy Semi-Finals.

Beckenham Town are currently top of the Sea Pioneer Southern Counties East Football League table with 47 points from 21 games and there are five clubs in hot pursuit for the title.

Sheppey United and Corinthian follow with 46 points from 22 games, Hollands & Blair are in fourth-place with 43 points from 23 games and Chatham Town are in fifth with 43 points from 22 games.

“I think personally when you go around this league everyone you talk to they underestimate Corinthian massively and I will never underestimate them,” insisted Walton, looking ahead to their Semi-Final date at Gay Dawn Farm.

“Michael Golding has got to be one of the most underestimated managers around because he does remarkable with that side year-in-year-out.

“They’ll never give up so you’ve got to match that and when we go there we’ll have another ding-dong of a game. We always have a good game against them and I expect the same. It will be a real good contest.”

Beckenham Town welcome Paul Atkins’ K Sports to Eden Park Avenue next Saturday.

K Sports are in fifteenth-place in the league table with 25 points from as many games and Beckenham can expect a tough physical battle against them.

“It will be another hard game,” warned Walton.

“We can’t drop that standard what we’ve done (at Glebe). If we work as hard as that, we’ll be ok against anyone.  You’ve got to produce that work-rate every week and it shows when you work hard and you want something, you get it and we worked extremely hard.

“That’s the benefit of actually playing away, you tend to work harder. When we play at home people come to our ground, they see the pitch and they run an extra yard for their manager and it’s been hard, so we’ve got to take that into our home form and for the rest of the season turn it into a hard place where teams ain’t going to come here and outbattle us.”

When asked whether this will be Beckenham Town’s year of winning promotion into the Isthmian League for the first time, Walton replied: “We want to win the double. We can’t be runner-up or get beaten in the Semi-Final, it doesn’t register with me.

“Hopefully, hopefully, fingers crossed.  You have a bit of luck and have a few results go your way.

“We’re still top, we’ve been top since the end of September. We’ve come through a really hard patch against some good sides and we’ve come through it and now we’re going to push on hopefully and go on an unbeaten run and that’s what we want to do.

“We can do it! I believe it, I think the lads believe it. It will be difficult. There will be games where we don’t play well and you might sneak a result but hopefully it’s our year, fingers crossed.”

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Beckenham Town  v  K Sports
Sea Pioneer Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division
Saturday 1 February 2020
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Eden Park Avenue, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3JL