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Herne Bay manager Sam Denly admitted to frustration after their festive schedule in Ryman League Division 1 South was ruined by the weather

02 January 2014
by Alex Hoad

Sam Denly

Sam Denly

Herne Bay manager Sam Denly admitted to frustration after their festive schedule was ruined by the weather.

Bay's game at Folkestone Invicta on Saturday was called off when storm damage led to the local council closing Invicta’s Fullicks Stadium on safety grounds while the Boxing Day game at home to Whitstable Town and the visit to Faversham Town on New Year's Day also fell foul of the weather.

Bay’s last action was the 4-2 defeat in Guernsey on December 21 – a result which ended a run of 10 points from their previous five games in Ryman League, Division 1 South which had taken them within nine points of the play-off places, with games in hand on sides above them.

Denly said: “Of course it’s frustrating to have the games off. We want to go again. 

“We were on a good run before the Guernsey game and to be honest we can pretty much write that off as a bad day, everything went wrong for pretty much the whole day. We had a bit of form going and want to pick up where we left off.”

He added: “I have got a three or four-year plan at Herne Bay and the aim for this season was always to consolidate, stay clear of relegation and finish in mid-table.

“The way things have been going, we’re not that far away from the play-off places but I’m not even thinking about that at the moment. 

“It’s all about getting on a run and putting results together. We’ve not been consistent enough so far but if we were able to do that, then we’d climb the table.”

Worthing – two points and three places above 12th-placed Bay – are due to visit Winch’s Field on Saturday and Denly said: “Obviously it depends on the weather for the rest of this week but groundsman Anthony Deer will have been down there all week doing all he can to get the game on.

“The last time we played on it was the Tooting & Mitcham game on December 14. Nobody has played on it in the three weeks since, so if it could dry out, then it’ll be fine.”

Bay will now head to Invicta on Tuesday, January 28, while the Oystermen will now visit on Tuesday, March 4 (7.45pm).

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