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Hudson looking forward to Rams Trophy tie
Hudson looking forward to Rams Trophy tie

Sevenoaks Town play their first game in fifteen days on Saturday as they face Ramsgate in the FA Trophy in one of the ties of the round, with boss Harry Hudson hoping that the inactivity will not work against his side.

“It’s bizarre that we’ve had a mini break of two Saturdays not playing so early in the season,” Hudson told us.

“It is part of our own doing as we did not get past Whitehawk in the Cup, but it has been very odd and in stark contrast to last year when we seemed to be playing twice a week and catch up in the League. We have had two Saturdays off in a row which for managers and players is very, very different.” 

“The only benefit is that we have had a few knocks and injuries and it given them time to get back giving the squad a boost which is helpful. We have got to look at the positives as we have had a lot more chance to get to the training pitch as we come into a very positive period with four games in two weeks.” 

“We will play a single League game this month (next weekend against Sittingbourne) which is really bizarre.” 

Saturday sees Hudson and his side head for Thanet and a FA Trophy tie with Ramsgate, who Sevenoaks beat 4-2 on the opening day of the League season.

“It’ll be the same for both teams,” Hudson said we he was asked about knowing the opposition. “They have played last Sunday and Wednesday night against Cray in the FA Cup, we had them watched, but there was not much change from when we played them in August.

“There will not be too many surprises I do not think on the day. They have been successful and played extra time on Wednesday and some may say that would be an advantage for us, and I hope it will be! But any football manager will tell you that you want to keep playing games and winning games as much as you can and that is what they have done so far.

“It will be interesting to see how the dynamic plays out on the weekend, you would expect us to perhaps be slightly fresher, but you can also flip it that we could be rusty in terms of our match sharpness.” 

“The League game really was a good game of football and on the day, we were thankful to come out on top and we will be hoping that we can do that again this weekend.

“It was a good game with swings in the game which you would expect from two evenly matched sides, their form since has been very good with them embedding their team slightly more.

“We were pretty much square peg in round hole that day because of the injuries that we had, but hopefully Saturday we will have Matt Warren, Dan Bennett, and Rowan Libbard all available at the same time for the first time this season which will be a huge boost for us.”