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Whitstable Town's plans for next season already well advanced

Whitstable Town manager Peter Nott
Whitstable Town manager Peter Nott

Whitstable Town boss Peter Nott believes much of the preparation for next season has already been done, as they finish their Ryman League, Division 1 South campaign against Corinthian Casuals at Belmont on Saturday.

A six-point Easter, with wins against Horsham YMCA and Ramsgate, ended any relegation fears but Nott is eyeing a fifth successive win against Casuals and to do Kent rivals Chatham a favour as well.

Nott (pictured) said: "We have improved the squad considerably, without exceeding the budget and I won’t have to look at wholesale changes in the summer.

"I will be working hard to keep the players we have but feel we probably need another striker. Ian Pulman and Lloyd Blackman are a great combination but I still think we need somebody to give us a bit of variety."

Pulman’s 88th-minute winner beat Ramsgate on Monday to end their play-off hopes, after Whitstable’s 4-0 win over relegated Horsham YMCA on Saturday, which proved to be John Cumberbatch’s last game in charge of the Sussex club.

Nott said: "I think Ramsgate underestimated us and thought we were going there just for the ride but we defended superbly.

"The longer the game went on, I could see us as being the only winner, in what was was a tough game."

Blackman and James Peacock both miss the final game of the season with bans, that carry over until August.

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