Painter hopes strength in depth will keep his Heath side on track

Broadbridge Heath manager Steve Painter hopes the club’s strength in depth will help them cope with the inevitable fixture congestion.

Following promotion Heath have enjoyed a fine first half to the season in Division 2.

But they have played just once so far this year and Painter said: “We’re struggling to train at the moment but we’re staying positive and I’m trying to do as much with the lads as I can. What I’m worried about is the backlog of fixtures we’ll have from now to the rest of the season. But saying that I’ve now got a squad of 20 plus first team players who are all capable, and a Reserve squad stronger than it’s been for some time to we should be able to cope.”

Painter was impressed with his reserve side in a friendly match with the first team, arranged because of the lack of competitive matches.

His side sit fourth in Division 2, and Painter hopes the disruptions won’t derail their good season. He said: “We’ve had a great first half of the season and apart from the blip against Midhurst we had a good December so we need to keep that momentum going.”

Starting on Saturday Heath are due to face Eastbourne Utd AFC twice in three days, the second in the quarter-finals of the RUR Charity Cup.