Free Admission away at Hastings United this Saturday

There will be free admission for all supporters this Saturday for Faversham Town’s final away fixture of the regular season against Hastings United.

Please see http://www.hastingsunitedfc.co.uk/news/article/free-admission-offer-for-faversham-fixture/ for full details.

* Please note: it is unlikely there will be a match preview for this game. A brief preview may be available on the morning of the match if possible. *

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Jack Harris scored for Faversham in the shock 5-1 defeat earlier this season against Hastings United.

Faversham Town vs Horsham – match preview

Faversham Town should welcome back play maker Josh Stanford for their crucial home match against Horsham, which will have ramifications at both ends of the Ryman South League Table.

Stanford, 24, missed the Easter double-header, where the Lilywhites beat Tooting & Mitcham United 1-0 and drew 0-0 away at Sittingbourne through other commitments but has now returned.

The four points collected mean the hosts remain second in the Ryman South League Table, although, only do so on goals scored, ahead of Folkestone Invicta.

Home boss Ray Turner also opted to rotate his back line for the goalless draw with Sittingbourne and will have to decide whether he wants to do so again.

Jack Sullivan and Jamie Maxted both dropped to the substitute’s bench and were replaced by the returning Aidan Sherlock and Matthew Bourne.

Turner will have to decide if he wants to risk Maxted, as the 25-year-old is just one yellow card away from a suspension, but will see the deadline pass following this fixture as he looks to have a fully fit squad to choose from for the Ryman South Play-offs.

Meanwhile, should Stanford immediately return to the starting line-up, Turner will have to decide whether David Botterill, George Monger or Charley Robertson will be sacrificed.

Somebody will also have to drop out of the squad to make way for Stanford’s return with Under-21 captain Daniel King and Chris Webber, 20, among the possible candidates.

Meanwhile, the visitors are currently rooted to the bottom of the league table, and with just three fixtures to go, appear likely to be relegated.

The Hornets bagged a rare win against Corinthian-Casuals on Monday but that didn’t prevent former management duo of Anthony Storey and Cliff Cant from being asked to vacant their positions.

Since then, Dominic Di Paola has been announced as the new first-team manager.

Di Paola was previously at Hastings United earlier this season after impressing at East Preston in recent years and was in charge for their shock 5-1 triumph over Turner’s men in early October, only to resign on New Year’s Day at the Pilot’s Field outfit.

Though, in far less positive recent news, the away team have taken just one point from their six games in Kent this campaign.

This came in a 1-1 draw with fellow relegation strugglers Ramsgate, while they were recently beaten 4-0 and 5-0 by Hythe Town and Folkestone respectively.

Despite being eight points away from Hastings and East Grinstead Town, who sit just above the relegation zone with nine points to play for, Horsham will be keen to finish as high as they can, in case of a side being offered a reprieve by the Ryman League.

The visitors are currently on 36 points off 43 games and could still catch Redhill, who are on 38 points and Ramsgate, who have 40 points but have one game in hand.

Whilst, a win would see the home team guarantee a top-three finish and a home Play-off Semi-Final with fourth-placed Merstham seven points behind.

In addition, if Faversham are to reach the 100-point mark, they will have to win all three of their remaining contests before the Play-offs.

When the sides met earlier this season, the Lilywhites ensured they would remain top of the Ryman South Table for Christmas with a 2-1 victory through goals from Dean Grant and Maxted, despite Wayne Wilson missing a penalty.

A decision will also need to be made on which strikers out of Jack Harris, Grant and Stuart King will start.

Here’s your opportunity to predict the outcome of this encounter:

* As I will be away from Thursday 9th April to Friday 17th April, there will be less updates than normal.

Hopefully, some updates will be offered.

But a match video should be available from this game from either of these two YouTube channels – www.youtube.com/channel/UChdYKH8agapKJnbCItS0gYA and https://www.youtube.com/user/footballcsm *

Josh Stanford (right) should return for Faversham Town for the home fixture against Horsham.

Josh Stanford (right) should return for Faversham Town for the home fixture against Horsham. Picture by Ian Scammell.

Jamie Maxted scored when the sides last met earlier this season but may not be risked ahead of the Ryman South Play-offs with a possible suspension looming.

Jamie Maxted scored when the sides last met earlier this season but may not be risked ahead of the Ryman South Play-offs with a possible suspension looming. Picture by Thomas Reeves.

Action from Hastings United's 5-1 triumph over the Lilywhites earlier this term, where Dominic Di Paola was in charge at the U's. He has recently been announced as Horsham's new manager and is set to visit the Shepherd Neame Stadium again.

Action from Hastings United’s 5-1 triumph over the Lilywhites earlier this term, where Dominic Di Paola was in charge at the U’s. He has recently been announced as Horsham’s new manager and is set to visit the Shepherd Neame Stadium again. Picture by Joe Knight.

Under-16 Easter Holland Tour Tournament – round-up

Faversham Town’s under-16 outfit have enjoyed a successful tournament on their Easter Tour of Holland, as they reached the Final.

The Lilywhites were in superb form, beating Esaarnhem (1-0), Pro Academy (Essex) (2-1) and Kastrup Boldklub (1-0) in the first day of the competition (Saturday 4th April).

They then also were victorious against Luton Town, Newcastle Pinpoint (1-0) and Waldridge Park JFC (4-0), before they lost 5-4 against SCU on penalties after drawing 1-1 in normal time in the Final on the following day (Sunday 5th April).

Nonetheless, the side can be proud of their achievements.

The Under-16 team enjoyed a successful Easter Tour in Holland over the weekend.

The Under-16 team enjoyed a successful Easter Tour in Holland over the weekend.

Sittingbourne 0 Faversham Town 0 – match report

Full match report available from http://www.favershamtownfc.co.uk/Match%20Reports/060415%20Sittingbourne%20vs%20Fav.html

Matthew Bourne started for Faversham Town against his old club and played his part, as the Lilywhites kept a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw against Sittingbourne.

Matthew Bourne started for Faversham Town against his old club and played his part, as the Lilywhites kept a clean sheet in the goalless draw against Sittingbourne.

Live match updates will be available from https://twitter.com/FavershamTownFC

Faversham Town will travel to Sittingbourne today (Easter Monday) for the Swale Derby. Kick-off at 3pm.

Faversham Town will travel to Sittingbourne today (Easter Monday) for the Swale Derby. Kick-off at 3pm.

Listen to Ray Turner’s Ryman League Round-up interview

The full recording of Faversham Town manager Ray Turner’s in-depth interview on the Ryman League Round-up show last Thursday is available from https://t.co/6JzVVGqIzy

Please note: you may need to make an AudioBoom account to listen to the interview.

Faversham Town boss Ray Turner was interviewed on the Ryman League Round-up Show last Thursday. Listen here!

Faversham Town boss Ray Turner was interviewed on the Ryman League Round-up Show last Thursday. Listen here!

Sittingbourne vs Faversham Town – match preview

Faversham look to cement second in local derby

Faversham Town boss Ray Turner will yet again have a number of difficult selection dilemmas, as his side face local rivals Sittingbourne in their second game in 48 hours.

The Lilywhites moved back up to second in the Ryman South League Table through a 1-0 win over Tooting & Mitcham United on Saturday with Wayne Wilson scoring the only goal.

They did so without Josh Stanford, who was away with other commitments and may also miss the trip to Woodstock Park.

That gave George Monger a chance in Stanford’s place and Turner will have to decide whether he wants to stick with the former Dartford man again.

Alternatively he could instead select Chris Webber, Daniel King or possibly Aidan Sherlock, who could return to the squad.

Meanwhile, in the other change from the goalless draw against now-champions Burgess Hill Town, striker Jack Harris was left on the bench with Stuart King and Dean Grant starting up front.

Likewise, the Brickies also played 48 hours before this fixture in their 3-0 defeat away at Guernsey.

Former Town frontman Kieran Oliver was not involved in the squad after his move to the club from East Grinstead Town.

However, ex-Lilywhite and now Sittingbourne manager Nick Davis was named on the bench.

The two outfits have already met twice this season.

Firstly, a young Faversham side bagged a 1-0 victory at Woodstock Park in October through a Sam Bewick goal in the Robert Dyas League Cup.

Then, Turner’s men were 3-0 winners against their Swale rivals at the Shepherd Neame Stadium. Though, the contest will be remembered as the fixture, where goalkeeper Simon Overland suffered a broken tibia.

When the two outfits last met in the Ryman South at Woodstock Sport, neither side was able to break the deadlock in a 0-0 draw.

Here’s your opportunity to predict the outcome of this encounter:

Goalkeeper Simon Overland suffered a broken tibia in Faversham's 3-0 win when the sides last met.

Goalkeeper Simon Overland suffered a broken tibia in Faversham’s 3-0 win when the sides last met.

Sam Bewick, now back at Hythe Town, scored the only goal in the Lilywhite's 1-0 victory when the two teams last met at Woodstock Park.

Sam Bewick, now back at Hythe Town, scored the only goal in the Lilywhite’s 1-0 victory when the two teams last met at Woodstock Park.

Kieran Oliver has recently joined Sittingbourne and may make his debut for them against his old club on Easter Monday.

Kieran Oliver has recently joined Sittingbourne and may make his debut for them against his old club on Easter Monday.

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