Faversham Town vs East Grinstead Town – Saturday 12th December, 3pm kick-off (Shepherd Neame Stadium, Salters Lane, Faversham, Kent. Postcode: ME13 8ND).
Maxted and Scarborough suspended for East Grinstead visit
For the second time in the past week, Faversham Town will come up against in-form opposition – in the shape of East Grinstead Town – and will do so without suspended defensive duo John Scarborough and Jamie Maxted.
Ray Turner’s Lilywhites had been unbeaten in five games in all competitions and had not tasted defeat in their past eight Ryman South fixtures, before last Saturday, when they fell to a 2-0 loss at Hythe Town.
This weekend, they will host the Wasps, who currently sit 18th in the league table on 26 points off 22 league matches, 15 points and 10 places behind the home outfit.
However, the away side have taken 16 of their 26 points in their past six league matches, beating the likes of South Park and Molesey, while drawing 1-1 with Corinthian-Casuals.
Most recently, East Grinstead beat Steyning Town 2-1 in the Parafix Sussex Senior Challenge Cup.
Turner’s men will be without Maxted, who starts a two-match ban after picking up 10 yellow cards, and Scarborough through a one-game suspension.
Defenders Ashley Brown and Josh McCallum both played 45 minutes each in the under-21 team’s 4-2 defeat to Burgess Hill Town on Thursday evening and will both be in contention.
In addition, Stuart King is expected to be available, despite being substituted with a knock in the loss at Hythe.
Meanwhile, ex-Gillingham midfield man Connor Hendricks, who played for the home outfit’s under-21 team in their Kent Intermediate Cup penalty shootout win over Chatham Town and a 2-2 draw with Ramsgate, has recently joined the Wasps’ former Gillingham contingent, also including Callum Emptage and Mitchell Dickenson.
When the two sides met last season, Faversham Town produced a near perfect performance to claim a 3-0 home win and respond after back-to-back defeats through goals from Charley Robertson, Josh Stanford and Dean Grant. Meanwhile, the Lilywhites came from a goal down to bag a 3-1 victory at the GAC Stadium with George Monger, Wayne Wilson and Grant on the scoresheet.
The under-21 outfit will also be in action on Saturday, playing Corinthian in their Kent Intermediate Cup Quarter-Final tie.
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