Blackman hoping Whitstable claim scalp
Blackman hoping Whitstable claim scalp

Whitstable Town head into the weekend’s Buildbase FA Trophy tie with Ware at the Belmont with the Oystermen looking to repeat their triumph in the previous round and take another Bet Victor South Central scalp along the Road to Wembley.

Lloyd Blackman and his side travelled to Chalfont St Peter in the last round and a solitary John Ufuah goal saw Whitstable progress into the weekend where they will welcome the Hertfordshire side who currently sit in fifth place in Bet Victor South Central.

Blackman told us, “They play in the same division as Chalfont so we don’t know too much about them, but this is what this competition can throw up – you’ve just got to prepare the best you can at what you’re good at and how you can influence the game. And any information that you can get from other managers or videos, you must take what you can to pass onto your players with the main important thing being the way that we prepare for things. It seemed to work against Chalfont, so fingers crossed for this weekend.”

“We’ve had clean sheets on successive Saturdays with a good performance against Cray Valley in the Kent Senior Cup sandwiched in the middle. Last week against Three Bridges we really should have won by more and I think that a third goal really would have let us push on to get four or five.”

“The clean sheet was very, very nice – we were certainly worthy winners and the really positive thing in truth was the way that the players were very disappointed that they weren’t as ruthless or as clinical as they would have wanted to and to walk away with a score that would have been more reflective on how we felt the game went!”

On Ware, the Whitstable boss admitted, “we know a few people who have been able to tell me that they’re a big strong side – they’ve got a big squad this year and they’ve put a package together who can be a touch more challenging for their division.”

“The club has invested in a new 3G pitch and that must tell you that if they can invest in other things the finances will take care of themselves as they will be looking to get promoted this year. And from a playing side, they’re direct and strong and will be a really good test for us and my players will have to stand up and be counted and we’re going to have to be strong and enforce our presence on the tie if we’re going to go any further and that’s what we’re looking forward to…”