Faversham Town vs Hollands & Blair – Saturday 1st August 2015, 3pm kick-off (Shepherd Neame Stadium, Salters Lane, Faversham, Kent. Postcode: ME13 8ND).
Town face another tough home test, as Ascheri returns
Faversham Town’s unbeaten pre-season record will again be put to the test with a tricky fixture against reigning Kent Invicta League champions Hollands & Blair this Saturday, while ex-Lilywhite midfielder Justin Ascheri will return to the Shepherd Neame Stadium.
The hosts continued their impressive start to pre-season on Tuesday evening with a 1-1 draw against National League South newcomers Maidstone United with Stuart King getting on the score sheet against his old club.
However Blair, who have already pulled off a shock 6-0 win against Ryman South outfit Whitstable Town this term, will provide another difficult test for Ray Turner’s men.
Like the Lilywhites, the visitors are also unbeaten this pre-season and have picked up draws against Hythe Town and a Gillingham XI to go with their thumping of the Oystermen.
Their most recent win saw Hollands & Blair retain the KIL Championship Shield with a narrow 2-1 victory over Bearsted at Star Meadow after extra-time.
The man that sealed a dramatic win for Blair on Tuesday night was Ascheri with a late penalty and he will now return to one of his former stomping grounds.
Ascheri last featured for the home side in the early stages of the 2012/13 campaign and was in attendance for the 3-0 Play-off Final defeat at Maidstone United at the end of that season.
Meanwhile, when asked about his plans for this game following Tuesday evening’s draw with the Stones, Turner said, “It will probably be a similar squad to tonight’s one.
“Tas (Taser Hassan) is due back at any time but he is still away with work and still isn’t quite sure on the actual date of his return. He’s going to be back, so that is going to add even more quality to the squad.
“But, to be honest, I think we are getting very close in terms of what I want for the squad this season and there isn’t that much to add. Let’s just hope we can get through pre-season injury-free. We’ve got another tough game on Saturday against Hollands & Blair.”
The away team did face a Faversham Town XI in their 2014/15 pre-season when they beat the under-21 side 5-2. Daniel King and Sam Davies were Town’s goalscorers on that day.
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