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Chatham Town take on Beckenham Town in the Kent Senior Trophy at Maidstone's Gallagher Stadium

Chatham Town get their first opportunity to end a long wait for silverware this weekend.

Chats have been starved of success in the last few decades but get two bites at a trophy, the first of which comes at Maidstone’s Gallagher Stadium.

James Collins’ side face Beckenham Town in the final of the Kent Senior Trophy on Sunday (2.30pm).

Chatham Town Manager James Collins. Picture: Chris Davey
Chatham Town Manager James Collins. Picture: Chris Davey

Next month they take on Corinthian in the SCEFL Challenge Cup final.

The club’s last senior cup success came in 1977 when they won the Kent Cup and the nearest they’ve got to replicating that was in the Kent Senior Trophy, when the lost out to Deal in the final 19 years ago.

Collins, who has also lost in the final of the Trophy during his time with Cray Valley, is determined the bag some silverware after seeing their title hopes fade.

He said: “Hopefully we can go one better this time.

“Despite our injuries we have a good squad and will be able to field a strong team. I am sure that anyone who comes in will do well.

“Our performance against Beckenham last Wednesday (drawing 3-3 with them in the league) will give the players confidence.

“It’s a 50-50 shoot-out. They are fifth and we are fourth in the league table, we lost 4-3 at home to them in the league after they scored a last-minute winner and they scored another last-minute goal to draw the league game last week. I am sure the 3G will suit both teams and, like any cup final, it’s a one-off.”

Collins is no stranger to a cup final, this will be his fifth as manager, twice tasting success with Sutton Athletic while winning one and losing another as Cray Valley boss.

“We’ve got two chances to win something and I would love to do the double,” he said.

“I would loved to have done the treble (with league success too) but that’s looking unlikely. The double is more in our

hands.

“We will take the league as far as we can go and what we don’t want to do is finish a long way behind after going through the season with such fine margins.”


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