Isthmian League

Wright: “This is what we play football for”

Ahead of Saturday’s pivotal meeting with Ramsgate at The Enclosed Ground, we sat down with Stefan Wright to provide his thoughts on what lies ahead.

“There’s no pressure on us at all. Us as a group, we enjoy it so much. If we win Saturday it’ll be a massive statement. We could potentially go top, hoping Chatham [Town] lose at the weekend or draw but we can potentially go top.

I genuinely think that once we go top, we will stay there. That’s no pressure on us there to be fair because we believe it. It’s not like we go in thinking we’ll finish fifth or sneak into the playoffs – we genuinely believe we can win every single game of football.”

Ramsgate come into the game top of the tree with 10 wins from their opening 15 league matches, but a victory for Shaun Saunders’ side could see The Hawks head top if Chatham Town are to avoid a win. Regardless, this will be a stern test for Whitehawk as they host top-six opposition for the first time this season, and Wright corroborated this: “Ramsgate will be a good team. I know some players there, few of them friends, and I genuinely think we have the capabilities defensively and offensively on our day to turn up and get three points at home.

That’s what it’s about: our home being the fortress and getting our wins away. We’ve got gears to step up. I think if people look at us and think ‘this is the best they’re going to get’, it’s the worst thing to think because we’ve got so many gears. We’re all firing but some of us are maybe in gear six or seven, and when everyone’s firing on a consistent basis it’s frightening. Getting back to these early goals and spanking teams, that’s what it’s all about.”

“It’s massive statement Saturday. Big game…this is what we play football for, this is what the fans want to watch: the top three going at it in Whitehawk, in Brighton. We’re all looking forward to it but I’m looking forward to it massively for sure.”

Kick-off is scheduled for 3pm with The Hawks hoping to further extend that impressive home league form deeper into the unknown. 

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