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Herne Bay are aiming high next season

By Josh Fordham

Herne Bay joint-boss John Embery believes his side are good enough to go for promotion next season.

The young side are in good form having won four of their last five matches.

If they win their games in hand then they can move up to ninth in the Bostik South.

John Embery Picture: Tony Flashman
John Embery Picture: Tony Flashman

Embery said: “Promotion is always what you want to aim for. The group is good enough for promotion next season. I said to the boys ‘see where we are at the halfway point and we can kick on from there.’

“We’ve done that and it’s just about cutting out the mistakes now. They are growing as a group. We need to nurture them and make sure they are doing the right things and going into games with the right mentality and attitude.

“Everyone is still learning and improving all the time. Most of our squad are still teenagers, so it is quite easy to embed the younger players in our group because everyone else is so young.”

Bay face a tough test next week to catch up on games in Bostik South. They travel to Phoenix Sports on Saturday, Molesey on Tuesday, South Park on Thursday and then face Whyteleafe at home the following Saturday.

Embery said: “We are going to rotate the squad over the next few games. We’ve spoken to the group about it and they understand as we are playing four games in a week.

“We have to manage some of the younger players. They just want to play every game and it’s up to myself and Jermaine to look after them.”

Bay made it four wins from their last five with a 5-3 victory at East Grinstead on

Tom Carlton gave the visitors a lead after four minutes but they were then pegged back nine minutes later.

Two goals from Jake Embery either side of half-time put them 3-1 up before Carlton added his second. Town got one back in the 62nd minute but it took less than 60 seconds for Bay to wrap up the points with a goal from Miles Cornwall. The home side got a consolation in the last minute to make it 5-3.

Embery said: “Their goals were just mistakes. We should have beaten them by a lot more and we should have had two penalties. We could have won it by seven or eight but played well and scored some great goals.

“They made a couple of mistakes but less than earlier in the season and are understanding how to manage games.”

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