Hopefully we can now turn a new leaf as January approaches, says Ramsgate boss Dean Hill
Monday 29th December 2014RAMSGATE boss Dean Hill says he wants his side to turn over a new leaf going into the New Year.
The Southwood Stadium outfit are struggling in the bottom four in the Ryman League Division One South table, having collected seven wins and three draws from their 24 league outings.
The Rams are two points clear of the relegation trap door and if they do suffer the drop then the club will be playing Southern Counties East Football League football next August.
“December was always going to be a challenge for us playing the top three sides in the league,” Hill told www.ramsgate-fc.co.uk.
“In both the Burgess Hill and Merstham games the players gave a good account of themselves during the 90 minutes, but in both we had the points pinched from us by clinical finishing, which shows why these teams are at the top of the table.
“Although the results didn’t go our way, in the main I have been happy with the overall performances against the top teams and if we can replicate those performances throughout January and February we’ll find ourselves back in the middle of the pack.
Hill added: “We have had a very testing time, tryin to build a squad that is in keeping with the club’s new direction.
“Players’ work commitments and injuries since the start of the season has meant a different eleven starting every game, which is never ideal for any club.
“Hopefully we can now turn a new leaf as January approaches and get the settled 16-18 man squad.”
Ramsgate’s game at Hastings United was postponed on Saturday, following an accident involving Ramsgate players’ en-route to the game.
“Let me update you on the accident that prevented us from playing on Saturday,” added the Ramsgate manager.
“We had two cars travelling from Thanet down to Hastings, but at Faversham they collided and the players were taken to hospital to get checked over.
“James Sherman and Curtis Robinson had miled whiplash, but thankfully nothing worse.”
Ramsgate welcome Whitstable Town to Southwood Stadium on New Years’ Day (3pm).
Jim and Danny Ward make their return to Ramsgate and on the back of a morale-boosing 4-1 home win over bitter-rivals Herne Bay on Boxing Day.
The Oystermen are in eleventh-place in the table, having won nine and drawn eight of their 27 games.
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Ramsgate v Whitstable Town
Ryman League Division One South
Thursday 1st January 2015
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Southwood Stadium, Prices Avenue, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 0AN