Published: 09:00, 24 July 2014
Danny Ward says Whitstable are preparing for the most important two fixtures of their pre-season schedule with Saturday’s friendly visit of Chatham and a trip to Thamesmead on Tuesday.
After pushing AFC Hornchurch all the way with a depleted side in a 2-1 defeat at The Belmont on Saturday, joint-boss Ward wants to test Town’s mettle against teams at the same level as them.
He said: “We’ve pushed Whitehawk and Hornchurch all the way but now we get to test ourselves against two teams at the same level as us. We’ll go with something close to a first-choice team, depending on who’s available and see how we get on.
“These are our most important games of pre-season because August 9 is coming round fast.”
Ward added: “We were missing two keepers, three centre-backs, a right-back, a central midfielder and a centre-forward but I thought we did all right."
Town’s Ryman League, Division 1 South fixtures for the next season have been revealed, with the Oystermen welcoming Walton & Hersham to The Belmont on Saturday, August 9.
A testing start continues with a trip to ambitious Hastings United two days later.
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