Kingstonian boss Williams faces late fitness test worry

Struggle: Sam Page, a scorer in Ks final pre-season match at Merstham, faces a late fitness test ahead of the Enfield trip

Struggle: Sam Page, a scorer in Ks final pre-season match at Merstham, faces a late fitness test ahead of the Enfield trip

First published in Football Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Kingstonian boss Tommy Williams is keeping his cards close to his chest ahead of his side’s Ryman Premier League opener with Enfield Town on Saturday.

Ks head to the Queen Elizabeth stadium facing a defensive crisis with Aaron Goode (knee), Ryan Blake (hip), Sam Page (calf) and Alan Inns (glut) all facing late fitness tests on Saturday morning.

But Williams refused to be drawn into revealing who would be filling their spots.

“I’m still undecided on who will come in,” he said.

“We’ll see how they get on in training before and wait for the results of the fitness tests.

“There are a number of guys pushing for a spot with several good performances on Tuesday [at Merstham}.

“But until I can assess the injuries fully and speak to the physio I won’t say for sure.

“I do have a good idea though about what the starting XI might be if none of those guys are fit.”

Alex Addai is also serving a three-game suspension.

Ks have played nine pre-season friendlies, ending in a 2-1 defeat at Merstham on Tuesday night, where Sam Page got on the scoresheet.

However, Williams is not concerned about the results as long as he can see a progression in fitness and sharpness.

“We made a lot of changes at half-time in the game at Merstham to give some of the lads more game time.

“We lost, but as an exercise to increase the players’ fitness I was very pleased.”

He added: “Pre-season has been tough, because we’ve not had a full squad to choose from, there have always been injuries, people away, weddings, holidays, etc.

“It’s felt very long too, we started back at the end of June so it’s felt like its own mini season.

“I can tell you, I am so ready for the season to start.”

After the trip to Enfield, Ks are back in action almost immediately when Dulwich Hamlet visit Kingsmeadow on Monday night.

It means a fast and furious start for Williams and his men, and he is desperate for a good August.

“Every manager wants a good start, we all say the same because it is vitally important in terms of building momnetum.

“At the same time, there are no medals won for winning the first two or three games.

“It’s over the course of a season that you are judged, and with the players we have in the dressing room, I believe we’ll be right up there.”

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