Faversham Town vs Ramsgate – match preview

Josh Stanford set for home debut against Ramsgate

Faversham Town vs Ramsgate – Tuesday 18th August 2014, 7.45pm kick-off (Shepherd Neame Stadium, Salters Lane, Faversham, Kent. Postcode: ME13 8ND).

Faversham Town fans will be able to get their first chance to watch new signing Josh Stanford in home action, as the hosts face Ramsgate in their first home Kent derby.

Stanford, 23, made a scoring debut in the 2-0 victory away to Merstham and may also be joined another new signing in the Lilywhite’s squad.

The 23-year-old came up against Town in pre-season, while he was on trial with League One outfit Gillingham following his return to England from a spell with Albany Creek Excelsior in Australia.

Stanford made a name for himself in the UK, before his move down under in early 2014 when he scored in the FA Vase final for Tunbridge Wells at Wembley in a 2-1 defeat in 2013.

Jamie Maxted also was on the scoresheet in the 2-0 win over the Moatsiders with Faversham moving up to sixth in the Ryman South league table.

Ramsgate currently are 16th in the Ryman South league table with three points from as many games.

The Rams beat Redhill on Saturday to pick up their first league points of the season through a goal from Ira Jackson. But, Redhill did miss a penalty.

Meanwhile, in their other two fixtures, the away side lost to both Chipstead and Whyteleafe.

The last meeting between the two teams last campaign was one of the most entertaining at the Shepherd Neame Stadium in recent times.

The visitors raced into a deserved 2-0 lead, however before half-time, Darren Marsden and Aidan Sherlock both scored to restore parity at the break.

Town boss Ray Turner made all of his permitted substitutions at the interval, and one of the substitutes, Luke Harvey scored twice more.

Then, David Botterill wrapped the home side’s 5-2 triumph up when he rose highest to convert an Aaron Lacy corner.

Here is your chance to predict the outcome of this Kent derby:

New signing Josh Stanford in action for Gillingham against Faversham during his trial with the Gills.

New signing Josh Stanford in action for Gillingham against Faversham during his trial with the Gills.

Merstham vs Faversham Town – match preview

Merstham vs Faversham Town – Saturday 16th August, 3pm kick-off: Moatside, Weldon Way, Merstham, Surrey. Postcode: RH1 3QB

Faversham likely to continue to shuffle defensive pack against Merstham

Faversham Town are likely to make changes to their defensive line-up for their third of three Ryman South games played this season.

The Lilywhites played young defender Daniel Carrington at centre-back with John Scarborough and Jordan Miller injured in the 2-1 win over Worthing.

Scarborough returned in the 2-1 loss to Folkestone Invicta on Tuesday in place of Carrington, only for Scarborough to suffer a recurrence of his injury.

Miller, 21, watched Town’s defeat on Tuesday from the stands and his fitness will be assessed ahead of the trip to face the Moatsiders.

The 21-year-old defender was also joined by fellow young defender Freeman Rogers, 18, in the stands for the Folkestone fixture and Rogers may be called into the squad too.

If Miller is unable to recover from injury, then the away boss Ray Turner could turn to Carrington again to partner Matt Bourne.

Alternatively, Jamie Maxted may be moved to the heart of defence with Daniel King deputizing at left-back.

In addition, Turner will have doubts over midfielder Darren Marsden, who limped off against his old club Folkestone too.

However, the Lilywhites have far more options in midfield with David Botterill and George Monger able to play or move to centre midfield.

Whilst, Daniel King, Kieran Oliver, Renford Tenyue and Dean Grant all are able to play left wing.

The visitors result away to Merstham is likely to define Town’s early start to the new campaign.

A defeat would leave them with just three points from three games.

Though, any positive result would keep them around mid-table having playing two of the strongest teams in the league.

The Moatsiders moved up to third in the league table on Tuesday with a 6-0 thrashing over Three Bridges after a 1-1 draw against Tooting & Mitcham United.

The meeting at Moatside last season was one to forget for Faversham, who lost 4-1.

Bourne opened the score early on, however, former Lilywhite striker Brendon Cass was then sent-off and opposition goalkeeper Brannon Daly survived with just a booking for his reaction.

Merstham took full advantage of their man advantage through a Fabio Saraiva hat-trick , before Michael Abnett was given his marching orders for a terrible swipe on Ashley Brown.

Then, Taurean Roberts received a second yellow card for a dive in the final 15 minutes on an entertaining day.

Here you chance to predict the outcome of Saturday’s contest:

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Folkestone Invicta vs Faversham Town – match preview

Faversham face early front line selection headache

Folkestone Invicta vs Faversham Town (Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent. Postcode: CT19 5JU).

With the new season only three days old, Faversham Town management duo Ray Turner and assistant Clive Walker already face a positive selection headache up front for their trip to potential promotion contenders Folkestone Invicta.

Slightly surprisingly, Renford Tenyue and Dean Grant were both chosen to start the season opener up top at home to Worthing ahead of Luke Harvey – who along with Kieran Oliver – came off the bench.

The Lilywhites enjoyed a positive start to the 2014/15 campaign with David Botterill equalizing on nine minutes to cancel out Worthing’s lead, which came through an early spot-kick.

Wayne Wilson coolly slotted home a penalty of his own in the final minute of normal time to seal Town’s 2-1 win following a foul on Darren Marsden.

Tenyue and Grant caused the Rebels defence problems throughout the first half but Harvey and Oliver also made an impact too as substitutes.

Both Tenyue and Oliver can play in midfield.

However, the away team are unlikely to look to change personnel in this position, as the four midfielders made few mistakes in a solid display on Saturday afternoon.

Additionally, defensive midfielder George Monger is waiting for a chance to impress in the starting line-up as well.

Youngster Dan Carrington could keep his place in the heart of defence if John Scarborough, who missed Saturday’s game through injury, is unable to recover in time.

Folkestone were less impressive in their first competitive game of the season.

Invicta drew 1-1 away to Three Bridges – the Bridges finished 19th at the end of their last campaign in the Ryman South.

Neil Cugley’s men narrowly missed out on promotion to the Ryman Premier League last year when they suffered penalty heartache in the Ryman South play-off final against Leatherhead.

Both teams were also involved in the 2012/13 Ryman South play-offs, where they both were defeat by winners Maidstone United (Folkestone in the semi-final and Faversham in the final).

Both league meetings last season produced plenty of entertainment.

Nat Blanks blazed in one of the goals of the season with the last kick of the match from long range to deny the hosts a deserved 2-1 triumph at the Shepherd Neame Stadium.

The Lilywhites then fell to a 2-1 loss themselves at Cheriton Road after falling 2-0 down early on.

But, video footage did show – the goal scored by young strike sensation Johan Ter Horst who is now a Hull City Premier League player- had in fact not crossed the goal line.

Here is your chance to predict the outcome of Tuesday’s clash:

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