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The MANarama Big Interview : Steve McKimm doesn’t want to just entertain any more!

Steve McKimm

League Sponsors MANarama had a chat with the manager ahead of this weekend’s big game


Don’t misunderstand him, Steve McKimm loves keeping supporters on the edges of their seats.

But he thinks Tonbridge may need to start sacrificing their tag as the National League South’s great entertainers.

It’s certainly not been a quiet last few weeks for the Angels home fans.

Most are still catching their breath from the incredible 4-4 draw with Oxford City. That came after the harrowing late drama against Chelmsford City at Longmead.

Who could forget the 5-1 win over another Essex club, Braintree, seven days before that?

Now in a special feature with sponsors Vanarama, the manager thinks calming things down a little may be the way to go.

“We’ve certainly put our supporters through it in the last few weeks!” McKimm laughed.

“It’s been a really entertaining and interesting start to the season. We knew it would be tough and that’s certainly been the case so far.

“Maybe we have got to be a little less good to watch in a way, we’ve got to cut out the mistakes which are costing us. You just can’t legislate for some of the errors but it’s football. We deal with it.

“That’s the issue I think. We showed against Oxford the good points and the bad points - it doesn’t take a genius to tell you we have to stop letting in late goals.

“So people say maybe we need a little luck but I was always told you make your own.

“We can’t keep a clean sheet, but on the flip side we are scoring and we look dangerous whenever we play which is really positive.

“It’s about turning zero points into one, and one point into three as often as we possibly can.”

McKimm can’t wait for this weekend’s trip to Hungerford in what looks a big match less than half the way in.

“They’re all big but Hungerford aren’t far ahead of us and it’s another chance to get a win on the board,” he said.

“It’s still a bit of a learning process but we know this league would be a step up.

“It has certainly been that. Strikers at this level are the main difference I have found - maybe in the Isthmian League you could get away with the odd moment but here, if they get a chance they take it. It’s ruthless, we have found that out.

“You have got to be so switched on every single week and every single game you play.

“Our side has a great work ethic and I can’t speak highly enough of them for that. They give everything every time they go out there.

“I’m loving the National League South and so are the fans I’m sure. They have seen a lot of goals lately and I’m sure they are going home entertained.

“But it’s the points we need and wins on the board. We’ve got every chance if we keep believing and keep improving.”


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Published Friday 8th November 2019