FC Clacton boss Pitt in good heart ahead of cup tie

FC Clacton boss Steve Pitt goes into today’s FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie a satisfied man.

Pitt, who was appointed as manager following David Coyle’s resignation in May, has seen his side come through two tough away matches in the opening week of the Ridgeons League Premier Division undefeated.

FC Clacton followed up a goalless draw at last season’s FA Vase finalists Wroxham last Saturday with a 1-1 draw at Hadleigh United on Tuesday to put them in good heart ahead of today’s tie away to Kingsbury London Tigers at Aveley FC.

Pitt admitted he knew nothing about the Spartan Southern Midlands League Premier Division side, but had them watched against Biggleswade last Saturday by his assistant Michael Pulford.

Last season saw Kingsbury London Tigers reach the First Round Qualifying stage of the competition, where they lost 5-1 at Bedford Town, for the first time in the club’s history. But Pitt is unconcerned and said: “We don’t worry ourselves about the opposition. We are more worried about our own game - it is about what we do on the day that is important.”

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Pitt was philosophical after seeing his side concede a 79th minute equaliser at the Millfield on Tuesday to deny FC Clacton a first win on their return to the top flight.

He said: “Having been in management as long as I have the bottom line, if I am brutally honest, is we didn’t do enough to win the game.

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“In an ideal world you would want to hang on, but in fairness to Hadleigh they were worth a point.

“We set a benchmark on Saturday and it dropped a tad against Hadleigh, but not to any great extent.

“I was not disappointed with the players as we have come a long way in a short space of time.”

When former Wivenhoe Town manager Pitt took over at FC Clacton, who won promotion to the Premier Division and the First Division KO Cup last season, the playing side of the club was in a degree of turmoil.

Paul Hillier had retired, Matt Waters had decided to take a break to travel and the likes of Gregg Heighway, Dan Smith and goalkeeper Darren Gould have all moved on from last year’s successful side.

Pitt said: “At the end of the first week of July we had lost seven first-team players from last season, so if anyone had said to me you are going to go to Wroxham and Hadleigh in the first week of the season and be undefeated I would be naive not to settle for that.

“The majority of players I have lost was natural wastage, but in an ideal world I would have liked to have cherry-picked the squad I wanted to keep but I was not left with that option.

“Having said that, I had a pretty good idea that would be the case before I got the job. I knew it would be a rebuilding job.

“I would like to think that while we have a way to go we are a work in progress and heading in the right direction.”

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