Break will have done us good

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - - By An­drew Gi­d­ley

Paul Cham­bers says he has no con­cerns about an un­ex­pected two-week lay-off de­spite a dou­ble post­pone­ment that saw their lead cut to two points by near­est chal­lengers Whyte­leafe. Ash­ford United head into the new year top of the South­ern Coun­ties East league, fol­low­ing a 17-match win­ning run and Cham­bers said: “There is noth­ing you can do about the weather.

“It was nice to have a cou­ple of weeks off and spend Christ­mas with the fam­ily. I have got no prob­lems with a mini mid-win­ter break and it was ideal for the lads to be able to rest and re­cu­per­ate.

“It’s nice to be top go­ing into the new year but there are still a lot of games to play.” Whyte­leafe’s 3- 0 win over Holmes­dale on Satur­day moved the Sur­rey club to within two points of United, hav­ing both played 13 games, but Cham­bers said: “We can’t worry about what other clubs are do­ing.”

Town lost their last two games at Erith Town and Deal to the weather, adding to the club’s fix­ture back­log, ahead of seven matches in Jan­uary. The run be­gins with the visit of strug­glers Can­ter­bury City on Satur­day.

The visi­tors ar­rive third from bot­tom but that counts for noth­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Home­lands boss.

He said: “We didn’t take bot­tom side Wood­stock Sports for granted (in the club’s last game on De­cem­ber 14) and can’t just go out against Can­ter­bury think­ing we are go­ing to win. We have got to be pro­fes­sional and do a job.”

Town en­ter­tain Erith Town in the Macron League Chal­lenge Cup quar­ter-fi­nal first-leg next Tues­day, while the FA Vase fourth round trip to Han­well on Jan­uary 18 and a Kent Se­nior Tro­phy quar­ter-fi­nal at Phoenix Sports a week later, are two other high­lights

Mid­fielder Sam Fisher is serv­ing a one-match ban against Can­ter­bury.

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