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City ready for league opener

Chichester City boss Miles Rutherford believes his side are fit and raring to go for the club’s first match in the Isthmian League.


The Oaklands Park side head to the Kent cost tomorrow to play Ramsgate in the BetVictor South East (3pm).


It will be Chi’s debut match at step four in the non-league pyramid and dozens of supporters are set to make the 250-mile round trip to cheer on their side.


City prepared for the match in style, wrapping up a 3-1 victory against Southern East Counties Premier side Erith Town in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup last weekend.


A brace from Callum Overton and a late strike from fellow new boy Jamie Horncastle sealed a safe passage for the Lillywhites – the first time in four years they have progressed beyond the first stage of the competition.


Rutherford said:


“I was very pleased with the way we played and I was just as pleased that we finally came through an FA Cup game as the winners, as this was playing on my mind after three exits in three years in the extra prelim round.


“We have a very strong squad which I am delighted with and we are now focusing on the start of our league campaign.”


Next up in the competition for Chichester are Charlton-based Bridon Ropes in a fortnight’s time. Before then, though, is that much-anticipated trip to Ramsgate before a home fixture against Whyteleafe on Tuesday (7:45pm).

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