Fans Can Spur Us On To Promotion

Chairman Ernie Warren has called on the town to rally behind Paul Chambers' side for their big title push.

United slipped up to draw 4-4 with Rusthall on Saturday and they are now 13 points off of leaders Phoenix Sports, although they do have a game in hand.

Only the top side in the Kent Invicta League are likely to get promotion but upbeat Warren is adamant that United – who play Lewisham Borough at Homelands on Saturday (3pm) – can still make it.

Warren said: “We’ve had a little blip but we’ve got to put that behind us – the title’s not gone yet, that’s for sure.

The support this season has been fabulous. Across the last five home games we’ve had well over 1,000 people coming to watch. I’m seeing new faces that I haven’t seen before around the place and it feels like the town is getting behind us. Their support has been brilliant and that’s a massive help.

“Many of the squad now were among those in the first trial we had back in the summer of 2011. It goes to show how loyal they are that people want to come out and watch a team, predominantly made up of local players, that are winning.”

A recent Kent Invicta League meeting confirmed that, as it stands, one team will go up into the Kent League, providing they have the suitable ground grading.

The Football Association requires gradings to have been completed by March 31.

Warren said: “The league look at the top five teams and promote the highest finisher if they’ve got the grading right.

“Phoenix have got to put floodlights up but they’ve got the planning permission to do that. I would have thought they will get the grading.

“We just have to keep chasing them and hope we beat them in the game against them.

“There’s a run of away games coming up and we’re still unbeaten away this season. We can still do it.”

United were 3-0 up against Rusthall but fell away in the second half to draw the eight-goal thriller. Sam Conlon netted twice, Mo Takaloo scored one and Ollie Finch got the other.

The chairman said: “It was a big disappointment but in the second half we had two penalty appeals turned down – although I don’t like to complain about the referees.

“We changed the game at the last minute and got 162 people there. It’s a fantastic effort and goes to show people want to come out and watch us.”

United got some good news this week with the news that Ben Jordan’s red card that he picked up against Tunbridge Wells has been rescinded.

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