Witham boss hopes to have Amstead available

Witham boss hopes to have Amstead available

Witham boss hopes to have Amstead available

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Garry Kimble is hoping to have Anthony Amstead available when his Witham Town side continue their pursuit of the Ryman League division one north title with a home game against AFC Sudbury tonight.

The 34-year-old striker has joined Witham on dual registration from Spartan South Midlands League premier division side Hertford Town and made an immediate impact when scoring twice on his debut in their 4-0 win against Barkingside on Thursday.

Amstead, who scored 34 goals in the Spartan South Midlands League premier division for Hertford’s rivals St Margaretsbury last season, wasn’t available for Witham’s 3-2 win against Erith and Belvedere on Saturday, but manager Kimble is hoping he’ll have him back tonight.

Kimble said: “Hertford’s manager has been prepared to let us have him when he doesn’t need him.

“Hopefully we can have him on Tuesday.

“He started against Barkingside and scored two wonderful goals, but he could have had four or five.

“He makes a difference because he has stature up front and he is aggressive and in the opposition’s face.

“If we can have him on Tuesday, I know Sudbury won’t fancy facing him.”

Despite their win at the Village Glass Stadium at the weekend, Kimble wasn’t impressed with his team’s performance and is demanding better as they continue their run of four back-to-back home games.

The Town boss added: “We just have to make sure we have a big game on Tuesday.

“Sudbury will be up for it.

“We ended their 18-game unbeaten run at their place so they’ll want to break our unbeaten home record.

“We just try to make sure we come to it with the right attitude.”

Witham will test the fitness of defender Luke Olley before tonight’s game after he suffered a hamstring problem on Saturday, while Danny Emmanuel is out with a broken wrist.

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