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Whitstable Town joint manager Danny Ward admits he is keen to finish playing friendlies and start the new Ryman League Division 1 South season

Whitstable Town joint manager Danny Ward admits he has had his fill of friendlies and can't wait for the new Ryman League Division 1 South season to start.

Town lost 3-0 at Thamesmead on Tuesday, having gone down 2-1 at home to Chatham on Saturday, but Ward said: “Yes, it was a disappointment to lose but it’s not the end of the world. We knew it would be tough against them (Thamesmead) and it was.

“Saying that, we did have a few players not available, while some were out through injury.
“At the end of the day, it is what it is – pre-season.

Whitstable's Ashley Ulph
Whitstable's Ashley Ulph

“Games at this stage are all about working towards getting players fit and trying not to pick up injuries while doing it.”

But Ward’s side didn’t come through the game unscathed. Left-back Ashley Ulph ended up making a trip to casualty after a bad tackle left him with a nasty shin injury.

Whitstable host Ashford in what will be their final friendly on Saturday and Ward said he was glad these sort of games had come to an end.

He said: “I just want to play proper football and proper games now.”

As for adding to his squad, Ward said he was still talking to players, but said that he was more than happy with what he had already.

“I’d take this squad anytime.We must remember it’s a whole new one though – only one player in Tuesday’s starting line-up was here last season.
“We have got to learn to walk before we can run.”

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