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Herne Bay boss Sam Denly targeting back-to-back wins against Chatham

Sam Denly shrugged off the frustration of being unable to field new signing Ian Pulman to hail the 2-0 Boxing Day win at Ramsgate as massive.

Pulman was denied his debut against his old club after his registration failed to go through in time and Denly admitted: “I wasn’t best pleased and it was disappointing for Pully.”

The win lifted Bay four places up the table – and were handed another boost with three of the other fellow-strugglers Three Bridges, Molesey and Friday's visitors Chatham all losing on Tuesday.

Sam Denly. Picture: Matt Bristow
Sam Denly. Picture: Matt Bristow

Denly denied that scorer Danny Williams would have been the player to miss out if Pulman had been available.

He said: “Danny has been fantastic for us and he took his goal well – it was down to a mistake by the centre-half and the goalkeeper but it was still a difficult finish. It came from a long ball downfield from Jack Delo who was outstanding.

Substitute Kane Phillip got the second after replacing Joe Nelder.

Denly said: “I sent him on with 15-20 minutes to go, telling him to score the goal

to put the game to bed and he did. He gambled intelligently and it was a great finish.”

The Bay boss also praised the spirit and camaraderie among his squad. He said: “We have always had a fantastic dressing room in my time at the club.

“They work hard for each other and it’s great to see them celebrate our goals together.”

Bay’s win ended a run of six games without a win, following four successive victories in late October/November.

Denly is now looking to follow-up quickly at home against third bottom Chatham on Friday (7.45pm).

He said: “The win against Ramsgate pushed us up to 18th and it’s important we look to record back-to-back victories.”

The meeting pairs Denly with some familiar faces in the opposing dug-out.

Former Hollands & Blair boss Paul Piggott is now in charge at the Medway club, working with ex-Whitstable midfielder Clint Gooding and former Bay boss Simon Halsey.

Denly said: “I spoke to Paul a few months back – I am sure he will do well there."

A minute's silence will be observed before the game following the death of former reserve team manager Jack Melville.

The game is ON following a pitch inspection on Friday afternoon.

Bay host Faversham on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm).

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