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Former Canterbury City joint manager joins the coaching staff at Sheppey United

By Joe Harbert

Newly-appointed Sheppey United coach Josh Hall admits it is no surprise the team currently remain unbeaten in the Southern Counties East Premier Division so far this term.

Josh Hall (left) was joint manager at Canterbury City with Chris Woollcott and is now a coach at Sheppey United Picture: Alan Langley
Josh Hall (left) was joint manager at Canterbury City with Chris Woollcott and is now a coach at Sheppey United Picture: Alan Langley

The 27-year-old, who joined the club’s coaching team just over a fortnight ago following his decision to leave Canterbury City as joint-manager back in August, says the Ites’ confidence is currently ‘sky high’ following their 6-0 thrashing of Molesey in the FA Vase on Saturday.

They are back in league action this Saturday against early pacesetters Corinthian, after their impressive run in the FA Cup was ended at Eastbourne Borough on Tuesday night.

Hall said: “We drew against K Sports who really stopped us from getting going, but other than that we’ve got ourselves playing in a way where we move the ball across the pitch on the floor as we like to do, and never feeling like we’re going to lose.

“It’s not that games are easy, but there’s always a feeling that we’re going to score, especially with a front three of Danny Leonard, Harry Carnegie and Jack Midson, and that’s a great feeling.

“I was blessed at Canterbury with some really good firepower, but never were we expected to score five or six in a game like the way we’ve done here.

“On Saturday against Molesey we showed that, but they’ve had a rocky start themselves, and of course cup matches don’t really mean everything.

“The confidence though around the boys, the fans and the club is sky high, and we feel there’s nobody we can’t have a good go at.

“That includes teams like Corinthian (this Saturday) and Tunbridge Wells who we play soon, and the boys have definitely got it in them to get some good results.

“We’ve also come off the back of six games in less than 20 days, so we’re lucky we’ve got such good depth in our squad beyond the starting XI that has helped contribute to how we’ve played.

“There’s still some strong teams in our division, but I feel that at the minute we are in a very good place.”

The former Sittingbourne coach also adds that he has seen plenty from the club off the field during his short time at Holm Park to suggest they have exactly what it takes to climb the non-league ladder soon.

“So far, I can’t even butter it up,” he said. “In terms of everything the boys get off the pitch from nutrition to GPS and their analysis, it’s probably the most professional club in and around these leagues.

“I watched the team play a few times when I was in charge of Canterbury, but I feel that now everything is just there, waiting and in place for us to push on - every single player buys into what we do and there’s a great atmosphere that comes from the chairman, the board and the fans, too.”

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