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Whitstable Town joint-boss Danny Ward says preparations are reaching crucial stage as new Ryman League season beckons

By Alex Hoad

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.

Whitstable Town joint boss Danny Ward
Whitstable Town joint boss Danny Ward

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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