Guernsey vs Faversham Town – match preview

Guernsey vs Faversham Town – Saturday 7th March 2015, 1pm kick-off (Footes Lane Stadium, St Peter Port, Guernsey).

Further details on the travel arrangements and how to keep up-to-date with the contest in England are available here.

Play-off contenders set for shootout

Faversham Town’s Dean Grant and joint top goalscorer Jack Harris will look to help Ray Turner’s men overpower Guernsey when two of the most prolific sides in the Ryman South go head-to-head.

Both teams will be looking to boost their respective bids to reach the Ryman South play-offs.

The Green Lions have won six matches in a row at Footes Lane to move within five points of fifth-placed Whyteleafe in 9th.

The home team’s revival has coincided with the return of star striker Ross Allen, although, Allen did miss their latest fixture on Tuesday. The Islanders went down to a 2-0 loss away at Three Bridges.

Meanwhile, the visitors – currently top scorers in the Ryman South – added another three goals to their tally for the campaign in victory over Redhill.

The result moved the Lilywhites six points clear in second place, as they edged towards securing their spot in the season’s play-off finale.

In-form away striker Grant sealed the points in the final moments of normal time at Redhill for his 12th competitive goal of the season after also scoring in the abandoned fixture with Carshalton Athletic last Saturday.

It was the former Herne Bay frontman’s second registered goal in the past five games to stay clear in the second top goalscorer spot with Josh Stanford and Charley Robertson also on the scoresheet.

Whilst Harris, who hasn’t scored in six fixtures but remains top of the goal scoring pile with Wayne Wilson, also showed signs he was returning to form in Surrey.

He shot inches wide following a fantastic individual run in the second period.

In addition, Turner’s men will be able to welcome back David Botterill from suspension, while Matthew Bourne remains available and goalkeeper Robert French hopes to be available.

Though, the away defence will have a similarly tough job to keep the Islanders at Bay on Saturday.

Ryan-Zico Black, Allen, Jamie Dodd, Marc McGrath and Dave Rihoy have all scored at Footes Lane in recent wins.

Guernsey won 2-1 in the two outfits only ever meeting to date at Footes Lane. Brendon Cass, now at Tunbridge Wells, scored the visitors only goal.

When the sides met earlier this season, Faversham were 3-0 winners through a Wilson brace and a long-range George Monger strike.

“I predicted about five weeks ago Guernsey to get the last play-off spot,” admitted Turner ahead of Saturday’s trip to face the in-form islanders.

“A lot of people were ignoring them but I always thought they were a fit side and they now seem to have their goal scorer back in Mr. (Ross) Allen, they seem to be a real threat.

“But, we have got nothing to fear. I think it’s going to be a massive game for them, a huge crowd and important for both sides for different reasons. I think it keeps our momentum going.

“This team, this squad, deserves that second spot, but they have to go and earn it.”

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

David Botterill will return from suspension against Guernsey.

David Botterill will return from suspension against Guernsey.

Matthew Bourne continues to be available after his red card against Carshalton Athletic last Saturday.

Matthew Bourne continues to be available after his red card against Carshalton Athletic last Saturday.

Striker Brendon Cass scored Faversham's only competitive goal in their history outside of England.

Striker Brendon Cass scored Faversham’s only competitive goal in their history outside of England.

Faversham involved in ‘Fan Based Experience’ day

Faversham Town Football Club took part in a ‘Fan Based Experience’ day earlier this season in the 1-1 home draw against Corinthian-Casuals in October.

Overall, the club received some very good ratings, including:

9/10 for Friendless of the club.

8/10 for Finding information and first impressions (club website, blog and social media).

8/10 for Travel experience (of course, only areas which are within the club’s control. I.E. Directions to the ground and location of the ground, not traffic etc).

8/10 for the Immediate impression of the stadium and ground vicinity.

8/10 for How likely the fans were to recommend the club to a friend.

7/10 for How valued the club made them feel.

Thank you to all the volunteers that help make this match day experience at the Shepherd Neame Stadium all through the season.

If you haven’t been to a home game before, why not come to our next home match on:

Saturday 14th March – Faversham Town vs Whyteleafe, 3pm kick-off (Ground address: Faversham Town Football Club, Shepherd Neame Stadium, Salters Lane, Faversham. Postcode: ME13 8ND.)

The ground is located just off the A2 and is around a 10-15 walk from Faversham train station.

Faversham Town Football Club took part in a 'Fan Based Experience' day earlier this season in the 1-1 home draw against Corinthian-Casuals in October.

Faversham Town Football Club took part in a ‘Fan Based Experience’ day earlier this season in the 1-1 home draw against Corinthian-Casuals in October.

Redhill vs Faversham Town – match preview

Match status – Game ON (please check this page regularly, in case anything changes)

Redhill vs Faversham Town – Tuesday 3rd March 2015, 7.45pm kick-off (Three Arch Road, Redhill, Surrey. Postcode: RH1 5AE).

Faversham face second attempt at Redhill

Faversham Town will again attempt to face Redhill after the initially arranged fixture between the two sides, nine days earlier, was postponed.

The Lilywhites will again be without midfielder David Botterill, who couldn’t serve his final game of his three-match ban on Saturday, with the contest against Carshalton Athletic abandoned after 30 minutes of play.

However defender Matthew Bourne, who was red carded against the Robins, won’t be suspended, as his potential ban will come into effect at a later date.

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

David Botterill will again be suspended against Redhill.

David Botterill will again be suspended against Redhill.

But Matthew Bourne will be available for selection.

But Matthew Bourne will be available for selection.

Youth round-up – 01/03/2015

The under-18, under-16, under-15 and under-14 sides were all in action today (Sunday).

The u15 team were the only winners, as they beat Folkestone Invicta 4-0 through two goals from captain Chris Baker and strikes from Conor Russell and Marshall Wratten.

The under-18 outfit lost 2-0 away at Dover Athletic. The result leaves the Lilywhites in mid-table in fifth position on 18 points off 10 League fixtures.

The u16 team kept a clean sheet in their 0-0 draw away at Dartford to leave Faversham still three points ahead of their fourth-placed opponents.

Meanwhile, the under-14 outfit lost 5-3 in an eight-goal thriller at Park Regis.

Click here for all fixtures and results for the youth sides, including some match pictures too.

Click here for the Kent Youth League website.

All the youth teams were playing Kent Youth League games.

All the youth teams were playing Kent Youth League games today (Sunday) in their respective Leagues.

Faversham Town vs Carshalton Athletic – match abandoned

Match abandoned after 30 minutes following a serious injury to Carshalton’s Jerome Walker.

Faversham Town were leading 1-0 through Dean Grant’s 11th minute goal.

* The club would like to wish Jerome Walker a safe and speedy recovery. *

The under-21s Kent Intermediate Cup semi-final at Erith Town was also abandoned with the Lilywhites 3-0 ahead.

Dean Grant will now see his third goal of the season against Carshalton Athletic chalked off after the match was abandoned.

Dean Grant will now see his third goal of the season against Carshalton Athletic chalked off after the match was abandoned.

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

Today's visitors to the Shepherd Neame Stadium will be Carshalton Athletic.

Today’s visitors to the Shepherd Neame Stadium will be Carshalton Athletic.

Thomas Reeves Dissertation Questionnaire – At least nine responses still required

Message from Thomas Reeves:

“Hello,

I am third year Sports Journalism student at the University of East London.

For my dissertation, I am analysing ‘to what extent is the UK media coverage of the Hillsborough and Bradford City disasters comparable.’

When you get a few minutes, please can you fill out my questionnaire for my dissertation – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C6QHDHR ?

I have had 91 responses so far but still need at leas another nine by Early March.

It would also be much appreciated if you could kindly circuit this questionnaire as well.

If you have any problems filling it out online, please let me know.

Kind Regards,

Thomas Reeves

Faversham Town Football Club website administrator and press officer.”

* Please note – the questionnaire can only be completed once on each computer. *

Please can you fill out Thomas Reeves' dissertation questionnaire?

Please can you fill out Thomas Reeves’ dissertation questionnaire?

Faversham Town vs Carshalton Athletic – match preview

Match status – Game ON (please check this page regularly, in case anything changes). Faversham Town vs Carshalton Athletic – Saturday 28th February 2015, 3pm kick-off (Shepherd Neame Stadium, Salters Lane, Faversham, Kent. Postcode: ME13 8ND).

Wilson next to return for Lilywhites

Faversham Town midfielder Wayne Wilson will hope to finally return from suspension against Carshalton Athletic after a two-match ban and last week’s late postponement.

Wilson, 29, was set to play for the Lilywhites for the first time in several weeks at Redhill last Saturday until the game became a late victim to the weather.

The 29-year-old, who was serving a ban for an accumulation of yellow cards, will hope to make a similar impact to one striker Dean Grant had, as he returned from suspension a fortnight ago.

Grant and Wilson were both suspended alongside David Botterill, while the visitors fell to a 1-0 defeat in their last away trip at Corinthian-Casuals.

But, Grant returned to the starting line-up in style with the 24-year-old former Herne Bay striker helping Town to a 3-0 win over East Grinstead Town with one goal and an assist.

Grant – who boss Turner recently described as ‘vital’ to the team recently – was also the difference between the two teams when they met earlier this season, scoring both of Faversham’s goals in a 2-1 victory.

The hosts ended a mini-run of poor form against East Grinstead Town to move four points clear of Merstham in third. While crucially, both the Moatsiders and fourth-placed Folkestone have failed to take full advantage of their games in hand so far.

In contrast, the visitors are mid-table and have little to play for this term, except pride.

The Robins are 14 points off the final play-off place and nine points clear of 21st-placed East Grinstead with 11 league games still to play.

The return of Wilson to the squad will mean one of the 16 chosen against East Grinstead will drop out of the squad for the time being with young midfielder Daniel Carrington the most likely.

Carrington is instead likely to join-up with the under-21 outfit, who will travel to Erith Town on Saturday in their Kent Intermediate Cup Semi-Final.

Meanwhile, Botterill will finally hope to serve the final match of his three-game suspension after his red card against local rivals Whitstable Town in late January.

Faversham will then take the trip to Guernsey the following Saturday after this contest and Tuesday’s scheduled one against Redhill.

The Green Lions have won their last five home matches. The latest triumph coming against the Robins with the final scoreline 2-0.

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

Wayne Wilson, who has now served his two-match ban, will hope to return against Carshalton Athletic at the Shepherd Neame Stadium.

Wayne Wilson, who has now served his two-match ban, will hope to return against Carshalton Athletic at the Shepherd Neame Stadium.

Dean Grant scored twice at Carshalton Athletic earlier this campaign. He also set-up and scored a goal in his last appearance at the Shepherd Neame Stadium.

Dean Grant scored twice at Carshalton Athletic earlier this campaign. He also set-up and scored a goal in his last appearance at the Shepherd Neame Stadium.

After Saturday's fixture against Carshalton, next-up for the Lilywhites will be another trip to Guernsey.

After Saturday’s fixture against Carshalton, the Lilywhites next game on a Saturday afternoon will be another trip to Guernsey.

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