Chichester City Football Club begin their first ever league campaign at Step 4 with the long trip to Ramsgate on Saturday.
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Following promotion from the Southern Combination Football League last season history will be made by Miles Rutherford’s team as they look to make a positive start to life in the Isthmian League.
Confidence should be high after securing the league title last time around and after a productive pre-season that’s only defeat came in the Sussex Community Shield against local rivals Bognor Regis Town.
Last week’s 3-1 win over Erith Town also saw the club progress in FA Cup for the first time in four seasons.
“We don’t know much about them but we do know that it’s not easy to go away to Kent and pick up points so we’ll have to be at our best to get something”
Ramsgate on the other hand are seasoned campaigners at this level and they’ll be looking to improve on their 11th place finish of last season having strengthened over the summer.
Assistant Manager Graham Gee is looking forward to the challenge: “I’m excited, it’s a completely new experience for us”.
“We don’t know much about them but we do know that it’s not easy to go away to Kent and pick up points so we’ll have to be at our best to get something”.
Gee also thinks the squad he and Rutherford has assembled can compete at this level: “I’m really happy with what we’ve managed to do, particularly with the club’s budget – which I imagine will be one of the smallest in the league”.
“We were slow to get going in pre-season but I think we’ve put together a good squad and we competed well in the friendlies against Worthing and Bognor so we have to take confidence into the first game on Saturday.
Barr travelling to Guernsey, the visit to the Southwood Stadium on Saturday will be Chi’s longest away trip of the season – 250 miles (round) in total.
Kick-off is 3pm, while admission is £10.00 for adults, £5.00 for concessions (60+ & Students aged 16-18) and under-16’s go free.