Faversham Town vs Walton & Hersham – Saturday 19th December, 3pm kick-off (Shepherd Neame Stadium, Salters Lane, Faversham, Kent. Postcode: ME13 8ND).
Scarborough set to return after suspension
Faversham Town manager Ray Turner is set to welcome centre-back John Scarborough back into his squad for his team’s final home match of 2015.
Scarborough missed the Lilywhites’ 2-1 home win over East Grinstead Town last Saturday, which came courtesy of goals from Charley Robertson and top goalscorer Stuart King, through a one-game ban.
But the former Margate, Maidenhead United, Lewes, Bromley, Hampton & Richmond Borough and Sutton United defender is now available again.
The home team’s win last weekend saw them immediately bounce back after falling to a 2-0 defeat at Hythe Town a game earlier, which had ended the hosts’ five-match unbeaten run.
This fixture will be Faversham’s final home first-team match of 2015 with Turner’s men due to travel to Chatham Town on Boxing Day.
The hosts currently sit in 6th position in the Ryman South league table on 44 points off 26 league matches and manager Turner has this week targeted a total of 80 points, as his squad try to reach the Ryman South Play-offs for the 3rd time in four seasons.
For Town to reach that points tally, they will need a further 36 points from their 20 remaining league fixtures.
Meanwhile Faversham’s opponents, Walton & Hersham, are at the other end of the league table on 27 points off 25 league matches in 18th place, 12 positions and 17 points behind the hosts.
The away side have been managed by ex-Walton Casuals boss Mark Hams for just under a month now.
In that time, Hams has brought in plenty of new signings, such as Gareth Chendlik from Ryman South rivals Tooting & Mitcham United, goalkeeper Borja Loeches-Teixeira from Haringey Borough and Gianfranco Mici from Ryman Premier League outfit Tonbridge Angels.
However, the new-look visiting squad still haven’t quite gelled and have lost their last five matches in a row. Their most recent loss was a 5-1 defeat at Corinthian-Casuals on Tuesday evening.
Despite the return of Scarborough, Turner’s men will still be without 25-year-old left-back Jamie Maxted, who serves the final match of his two-game ban.
When the two outfits met last season, Faversham moved top of the Ryman South table with a perfect performance in their 5-0 win at the Shepherd Neame Stadium in November 2014. Renford Tenyue, now-departed Dean Grant and Jack Harris, who collected a brace, and Matt Bourne were all on target.
Meanwhile Harris was again on the scoresheet, alongside Wayne Wilson, Josh Stanford and Tenyue, in a 4-1 away victory that mathematically secured Town’s Play-off berth at Walton & Hersham’s Sports Ground in March 2015.
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