Ernie – Under the hat (Canterbury City Away – KST Semi-final)

“Ernie – Under the hat”, an interview with Sheppey United Manager Ernie Batten.

Are you looking forward to Saturday?

Yes very much so, we trained well on Wednesday and it would be great to get to the final again!

Are you working on anything different in training?

Nothing new as this week there were a couple of players missing due to a bug so not the time to try new things. Darren Cooper will have to have a fitness test later today or tomorrow morning as he is suffering with illness.

Who is unavailable tomorrow?

– Darren Cooper – bug

– Lewis Clarke – injured ankle

– Rob Saunders – suspended

We saw a couple of new signings last week, can you tell us a bit more about them?

Jono Richardson, he’s a big centre-back with us on dual registration from Herne Bay. He has been out of action for a few week prior to the last match, I think he felt it at the end of the last match but I think he is an asset and will be a key player.

Ryan Catmull also joins us from Herne Bay, he is a young wide player.

We have also made a couple more new signings this week.

Kieran Lightfoot another wide player, he was at Faversham Town, moved to Cray Wanderers this season but has been on loan to Chatham Town. It’s not a done deal yet and he is cup tied but we hope to have him in time for Tuesday night’s game.

Dave Cook is another coup, he left Hythe Town when Clive Cook moved on. We are pleased to have him on board!

Another signing from Hythe is Mike Ward, a young coach who was watching the game last Saturday from the boardroom and pitch side. Again, he left when Clive moved on. He will start doing a couple of sessions with the players and will gradually get more involved.

Josh Glover has had a long run in the team now, have you settled on Josh as your  number 1 choice Goalkeeper?

Yes, he’s been very good for us! He will be disappointed by last week’s second goal but he has my backing and we are not looking for anyone else!

What are you expecting from Canterbury on Saturday?

When we played them earlier in the season they were very good and physical but we played our football and run out 3-1 winners. They are in good form at the minute, 7 games unbeaten with 5 wins, it will be difficult but I’m confident if we play our football we can get a result.