Page: Kingstonian can match Sutton United's Ryman title triumph
Goal heroes: Marcus Moody, left, celebrates his goal on Sunday with fellow goalscorers Charlie Knight and Ryan Moss
Kingstonian are more than capable of reaching the Skrill South this term, says a man who has been there and done it.
Ks centre Sam Page lifted the Ryman Premier League crown with Sutton United in 2011, before quitting Gander Green Lane for Havant & Waterlooville a year later.
The Croydon 25-year-old made 101 appearances in two seasons with boss Paul Doswell’s men before switching to the south coast.
He has made himself at home in the Ks back four since then – alongside Matt Drage – and believes boss Alan Dowson’s squad has what it takes to
repeat his Sutton success at Kingsmeadow.
Starting with a repeat of the 20 clean sheets he helped United keep in their title winning campaign.
“This squad is ready to be promoted,” he said after Sunday’s 4-1 win over struggling Thamesmead Town.
“There are a lot of players here with Conference South experience.
“From that point of view they know how to win games and have played at a higher level.
“We are a good side. It is just important we work as hard as we have to and be consistent.
“On our day we can beat anyone, but it is about grafting hard.
“We’ve got a lot of potential in our side. If we work as hard as we do week in, week out, we are going to win games.
“But it’s crucial – to do well in any league – that your back four keep clean sheets.”
Tommy Kavanagh, Ryan Moss, Charlie Knight and Marcus Moody ensured Ks celebrated Dowson signing a new one-year contract extension at the weekend with a win.
The manager has bemoaned an over-reliance on free-scoring strike force Moss and Andre McCollin in recent weeks and Ks answered his request for goals from elsewhere in emphatic fashion.
But Page would not have minded if the game had finished 1-0 as it had appeared it would for long spells after Kavanagh’s early opener.
“It is was just about being patient and grinding it out really,” added Page.
“If we’d won 1-0 we’d have been happy. You don’t get more points for scoring more goals, but it is nice to get a few more in.
“It has been highlighted we need to score from other areas.
“Other players need to chip in, myself included.”
He added: “It is only a positive that Alan has extended his contract.
“It gives the club some stability over the next couple of years. He is a great manager.
“It does not really affect the players though. We just want to go out, win games and crack on from there.”
Ks go to Folkstone Invicta in the FA Trophy on Saturday, with Dowson knowing what his priorities are.
“We did not get far in the FA Cup, so there is a gap to fill in the finances from that perspective,” he said.
Andre McCollin is a doubt for the weekend trip with an ankle problem.
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