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Rutherford has sights set on a play-off push

Chichester City bid to make it a hat-trick of wins tomorrow when they travel to Herne Bay and manager Miles Rutherford is looking towards a play-off push for the remainder of the campaign.


They followed up last Saturday’s 2-0 home triumph over VCD Athletic with a hard-fought 3-0 triumph against a much-changed East Grinstead on Tuesday night to catapult themselves into eighth place in BetVictor South East.


Manager Rutherford said: “We had some poor performances over New Year but we’re now back on track and we are happy with the way things are going again.


“We shall most probably be in and around the play-offs picture come the end of the season, which is what I would expect, and then we shall see what happens.”


“After the FA Cup run, and even during it, we had a month of bad performances, which we knew we would have, but now we have picked up our game.”


Josh Clack struck twice from the penalty spot to set up Chichester’s win over bottom side Grinstead on Tuesday evening.


His first came after 34 minutes when Jamie Horncastle’s cross caused problems and Shawnikki Clement-Peter fouled substitute Rory Biggs, who had come on for captain Connor Cody after he picked up an injury.


Clack picked out a bottom corner.


Biggs was also fouled for the second penalty just after the hour, which Clack coolly converted too.


Chi wrapped up the victory in the 90th minute when Scott Jones tapped home from an excellent Matt Axell cross.


It was a second clean sheet on the bounce following the win over VCD last Saturday, which was a first home success in the league since August and completed a league double.


Jones had scored from close range in the 27th minute after VCD failed to clear a corner.


Chi sealed that win when Horncastle scored from a Lloyd Rowlatt corner in the 75th minute.


Rutherford said: “East Grinstead was not easy as they have signed a lot of new players, while against VCD we did okay too.


“I think Grinstead had about six new players brought in recently and we always knew it would be tough, and it was.


“There was not a lot in it first half, and not much after the break, but we scored our penalties and it was a good goal at the end by Scott Jones.


“We played some decent football at times, defended quite well and we are going with the flow.”


He added: “We’re doing all right at the moment again but we are not getting above ourselves.


“We shall just see where we are at the end of the season.


“It remains a learning curve for us.


“Hastings United and Ashford are really way above everyone and we shall just see where we can end up.


“I think everyone thinks Hastings will win it and everybody else is playing second fiddle to them. We shall just compete as much as we can and see where it takes us.”


Tomorrow’s hosts Herne Bay have only lost twice in the past ten league games so Rutherford is under no illusions how difficult a task his side face.


He said: “It’s a very tough game and a very long journey.


“Everything is new for us and we have another long trip coming up in a couple of weeks when we go to Guernsey. Everywhere is a new place for us at this level.


“It’s nice but some are a long trips.”

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