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Kim's programme notes for Saturday

Kim Harris

Kim Harris looks forward to Saturday's game against Enfield Town

While I have come in as caretaker in difficult circumstances for the club, it is also a pleasure and privilege to be back in the dugout at Kingstonian. There are so many great people here and of course I have relationships with K’s fans that go back many years, including the 2002-2004 period when the very survival of the club was at stake.

It will also be extra special to take charge at King George’s Field. I retired as Corinthian-Casuals manager in 2014 and, like all the clubs I’ve been at, retain an affection for the place. I of course watch a lot of local football and, with my son involved at Walton Casuals, another of my former clubs, I have been down there a lot this season too.

My first priority at K’s since starting before the Lewes game has been to get people together and have some stability.

The support I’ve got from the fans and others has been terrific. I even had Alan Dowson ringing me when I was on the coach to Margate. It’s how you treat people in football that counts.

I was pleased with the performance at Margate and I think we deserved a draw at the very least.

We’ve brought in Mike Dixon from Carshalton and he will hold the ball up and run hard. He’s young and puts in the effort that we want to see. We need to bring in a striker because Louie Theophanous has been carrying an injury for a couple of months. He’s a very, very good player but there have been games where he shouldn’t have played and if we can give him a rest, as we did last Saturday, then we should do that.

The one who’s really come on for me is Aaron Lamont, he’s got the bit between his teeth. He was in a really low place when I arrived but he’s first at training and is showing his quality, including a great goal at Met Police. People forget that he’s only 22. There’s a real player there.

There have been a lot of changes all season but, with the transfer deadline now passed, we have the squad that we need to stick to. We’ve also promoted a few of the Under 18s who did well in the Surrey Senior Cup and can certainly do a job. That, combined with people like Alfie Egan, who has added quality in midfield, means we are in a position to compete.

A point would be good, a win would be perfect but I don’t want to be looking down the table. We just need to focus on ourselves and ending the season positively. I hope everyone enjoys the game and gets behind the team.

Kim Harris

Published Thursday 4th April 2019