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Boss Nicky Southall says one repercussion of Whitstable Town’s FA Trophy success will be that opponents won’t take them lightly anymore.
Proud of the achievement but frustrated by the manner of the second round exit after a last-minute defeat against Ebbsfleet, Southall’s priority is to start climbing the Ryman League, Division 1 South table, starting at home to Redhill on Saturday.
The game against the Surrey side is the first in a hectic schedule for 19th placed Town, ahead of three Christmas and New Year Kent derbies.
They now look set to play twice a week until the end of February.
Southall said: “We have got five games in hand on some of the teams around us but trying to win them brings more pressure.
“Our Trophy run means that other club’s players and managers will be aware of how well we have done and be doing their best to beat us, making it a bit of a double-whammy.
“We will be tested to the hilt in every game, so we have got to bounce back and regroup.”
Tuesday's game against Merstham was called off due to a waterlogged pitch and Southall added: “We were frustrated, all the boys were up for it.
Defender Oli Lee has rejoined the club from Maidstone but Peter Huggens, out for 10 days with a groin injury, has left the club, unable to commit due to family reasons.
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