Break will have done us good
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.