We want to finish off on a high, says treble-chasing Whitstable Town boss Scott Porter

Thursday 26th April 2018

WHITSTABLE TOWN boss Scott Porter says he still wants his side to win the treble after winning promotion last night.

The Oystermen came away from basement side Rochester United with a 4-0 win last night, which secured their promotion from the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division back into the Isthmian League after a two-year absence.

Sevenoaks Town remain at the top with 82 points and will claim the league title with a win at fourth-from-bottom side Erith Town at the weekend. 

Micky Collins then takes his side to third-placed Crowborough Athletic on Monday night, the final day of the League season.

However, Whitstable Town must win their last two games, away to Cray Valley (Saturday) and Lordswood two days later if they are to grab the league title.

Porter’s men extended their impressive unbeaten run to 27 games and they could run to 30 should they beat Tunbridge Wells in the Challenge Cup Final on Saturday 5 May (13:00).

“I want to win all three,” said Porter, whose side beat Sheppey United 2-1 after extra time to land the Kent Reliance Senior Trophy on 8 April.

“We set ourselves up to do that because we’ve still got a chance of winning the title but we’ve crossed one line today, promotion and we’ll move on to the next task and that’s trying to win the title.”

Cray Valley, meanwhile, are in the top six before tonight’s games and pose a threat in 30-goal former Charlton Athletic striker Kevin Lisbie, 39.

“It’s going to be tough, they’re a good side, they are a good side. They’ve got some experienced players,” warned Porter.

“We want to get three though, we want to win the title. The boys won’t give up. We won’t give up until it’s mathematical. We won’t give up! It will be tough but we rested a lot of players last night so we’ll be fresh for Saturday.”

Cray Valley also have a cup final to look forward to as they head to Hendon to play Balham in the London Senior Cup Final on Wednesday 9 May, looking to retain the silverware that they won last season.

Looking further ahead to playing Jason Bourne’s Tunbridge Wells in the Challenge Cup Final at Longmead Stadium in Tonbridge, Porter added: “It will be a big game for the football club.  Every competition I’m in I want to win, you’ve seen that.  It’s a big day for the club and we want to finish off on a high!”

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Cray Valley (Paper Mills) v  Whitstable Town
Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division
Saturday 28 April 2018
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Middle Park Avenue, Eltham, London SE9 5HP