Bennett: Every game is important now

Littlehampton boss Mark Bennett says the return from injury of George Gaskin is a big boost for the club
Littlehampton boss Mark Bennett says the return from injury of George Gaskin is a big boost for the club

LITTLEHAMPTON Football Club boss Mark Bennett says all of his side’s remaining matches are just as important as each other now.

Golds entertain lowly Hailsham on Saturday, before they travel to fellow title challengers Eastbourne Town on Tuesday.

Bennett said: “The Eastbourne game will be very difficult but, as I said to the players recently, we have 19 games left to play in the league and every single one is just as important as the other.

“It’s not a case of if we lose the Eastbourne game we can no longer win the league title, or if we win we are champions, but it would be a boost for the side if we could take something from the match.”

Littlehampton fought back from 2-0 down on Saturday to draw 2-2 at Dorking Wanderers, who are also battling for the title.

Golds are third in the table, a point ahead of Eastbourne Town, who have a game in hand. Dorking are second, five points ahead of Littlehampton but they have played three more games, while leaders Pagham head Golds by seven points but have played four more games.

Littlehampton have been frustrated by the weather so far this year, with games against Lancing and Selsey, on Tuesday, postponed.

Bennett said: “We also had our game at East Preston abandoned and now have had the two matches postponed.

“All of the players and management just want the games to go ahead but there is nothing that can be done.

“We are no longer in any cup competition, so it will not have as big a impact on us as it may on some other teams come the end of the year but we may face two games a week for a while if this continues.”

Golds have been boosted by the recent return of striker George Gaskin, who had been out since September with a broken ankle.

Bennett also feels there is more to come from recent signings Joe Shelley and Darren Boswell and said: “Having George back gives us a huge boost. He was exceptional before his injury and, hopefully, he can recapture that form in the coming weeks.

“I think Joe and Darren are only going to get better as well, so it could well be a really exciting time for the team and management for the remainder of the season.”