We must all stick together, urges captain Ramsey
AFC Portchester captain Steve Ramsey has stressed the importance of everyone at the club sticking together when results don’t go their way.
His comments follow Wednesday night’s set back against Cowes Sports in the Wessex League, a result which generated plenty of disappointment throughout the club.
But the Royals skipper believes it’s how the team bounce back from setbacks like the Cowes game which will define their season and ultimately determine whether Portchester will be serious promotion candidates as the title race develops.
Speaking before Saturday’s FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round encounter with Wessex Division 1 side Hythe and Dibden, Ramsey said: “There has been a real buzz around the club which is good but when things don’t go our way we all need to stick together.
“Our aim is 100 per cent to get promoted with this team, which is arguably the best Portchester team I've seen.
“I think we had a pretty good pre-season before the league season got under way. We had a few bumps against Chichester and Blackfield along the way but everyone is still getting an understanding of how each other plays.
“We’re still building as a team but building quickly, which is good.
“We’ve got a great management team behind us who 100 per cent supports us as players and we also have Gibbo (physio Mark Gibson) keeping us all fit and healthy, and not forgetting TC (kitman Tony Clark) who puts everything on a plate for us.”
The importance of good runs in the FA Cup and FA Vase is not lost on the captain and Ramsey knows the coming weeks are crucial for the club - both in terms of making a name for itself in the national cup competitions and the prize money this well generate too.
He said: “Hopefully we can achieve a good run in the Vase which the club have failed to do so far, and also a run in the FA Cup because the financial side is always beneficial for a club like ours.
“What we need to do is put in some good performances and play some exciting football - which we’re capable of - to get more people through the gate.”
With the first team squad continuing to grow with new arrivals coming into the club, Ramsey realises it is going to be crucial to keep all of the squad involved as the season unfolds, so strength in depth is maintained and players are ready to step up into the starting line-up.
Ramsey added: “The way we are going to do that is to keep the team fit and try not to lose too many players.
“We have some depth in our team and it's important we keep the fringe players interested so when they get their opportunity they can grab it and keep hold of their shirt.”