The Ryman Football League
Published 2nd August 2012
.....welcome, Simon Halsey, manager of Ryman League Division One South club Herne Bay, was more concerned with the nature of his side's performance.
Goals from George Landis and James Turner secured the win at Greatness Park - the first victory of Bay's pre-season schedule. "It wasn't so much about the winning," said Halsey, "but the fact that it was the first time we tried our new system, and it worked quite well for the first hour, 70 minutes."
Halsey had met with some criticism after the Kent Challenge Shield defeat at home to VCD Athletic about a perceived lack of firepower. At the time the Bay boss had jumped to the defence of Landis and Turner and he feels vindicated by Saturday's results.
He said: "George looked good against Sevenoaks.
"He has settled in well and he made a big impact on the game, well, for the first hour or so.
"But I must mention James Turner too. He scored and hit the woodwork.
"For me it proved my theory that if those two players get the right service they will score goals."
There's still no word on the future of prolific Bay frontman Byron Walker, who for months now has been linked with a possible move to npower League One side Oldham Athletic.
Halsey admits that he has been ordered by the Bay board to remain silent on the matter.
Meanwhile, Bay have been drawn at home to Tooting & Mitcham United in the second round of the Ryman League Cup.
"They will be a tough side for us," admitted Halsey. "At this level of football every game is tough.
"We would love to have a cup run because as we discovered last season in the FA Vase, it can be really great for a club like Herne Bay.
"But the league is our priority, finishing as high as we can and consolidating ourselves as a Ryman League club."
Ironically, Bay get their league campaign underway against Tooting on August 18th.
This Saturday Bay host Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central new boys Royston Town, with the Titch Willet Shield up for grabs.
Bay then take on Kent Invicta League outfit Lewisham Borough next Wednesday.
"We're getting there, slowly but surely," reckoned Halsey. "Things are starting to fall into place."
Ashley Baverstock has joined Kent League side Woodstock Sport, while Toby Ashmore has moved to league rivals Faversham Town.
Ashmore is the fourth Bay player to join the Lilywhites and joins Luke Harvey, Danny Lawrence and Jamie Maxted at the Shepherd Neame Stadium.