Chatham Town vs Faversham Town – Saturday 26th December, 3pm kick-off (The Sports Ground, Maidstone Road, Chatham, Kent. Postcode: ME4 6LR).

Match status – Game on (please check here, in case this changes).

Maxted expected to return for Chatham trip

Faversham Town manager Ray Turner is expected to welcome back Jamie Maxted to his squad for his team’s Boxing Day trip to local rivals Chatham Town.

Left-back Maxted, 25, missed last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Walton & Hersham and a 2-1 home win over East Grinstead Town through an accumulation of yellow cards, while he served a two-match ban.

However, he will now be available to play again for the first time, since the away team’s 2-0 loss at Hythe Town in early December.

George Monger, who was an unused substitute in the Lilywhites’ last match with a tight hamstring and Renford Tenyue, will both also be in contention for a starting place.

The visitors will sit in 7th position in the Ryman South League Table on Christmas Day with 45 points off 27 league fixtures, while the Chats are in 18th place on 28 points off 26 league games.

The hosts, now managed by former Manchester City, West Ham United and Ipswich Town man Kevin Horlock – who is also the assistant manager for Northern Ireland’s under-21 side – beat Walton Casuals 2-1 in their last outing to end a run of four successive defeats in all competitions.

Jack Sullivan, who was part of Turner’s squad last season, will come up against his old club and a number of former Maidstone United Academy team mates, including the likes of Liam King and on-loan midfielder Charley Robertson.

Meanwhile, long-serving duo Matt Bourne and David Botterill are the most prominent figures in Faversham’s ex-Chatham playing contingent, while assistant manager Clive Walker has previously managed the home side.

When the two teams met earlier this season Wayne Wilson, who is now joint-manager at Whitstable Town, scored both of Faversham’s goals in a 2-0 home win at the Shepherd Neame Stadium.

The away outfit’s last trip to The Sports Ground saw them thrash their opponents 7-0 in a pre-season friendly, ahead of the start of the 2013/14 season. 

On the upcoming Kent derbies, away at Chatham Town on Boxing Day and starting 2016 with a home match against Sittingbourne, Turner said: “Both of them are awkward.

“They are not easy and, as it shows, we seem to be struggling against the teams that are below us. We need to resurrect that and do something about that if we are going to try and get into the top five.”

Josh Stanford is currently in Australia and will be unavailable, as a result.

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

Faversham Town manager Ray Turner is expected to welcome back Jamie Maxted to his squad for his team's Boxing Day trip to local rivals Chatham Town.

Faversham Town manager Ray Turner is expected to welcome back Jamie Maxted to his squad for his team’s Boxing Day trip to local rivals Chatham Town after he completed a two-match ban.

George Monger is also expected to recover from a tight hamstring, in time to compete for a starting place.

George Monger is also expected to recover from a tight hamstring, in time to compete for a starting place.

Josh Stanford is currently in Australia and will be unavailable as a result. Picture courtesy of Carlton Photographic. A full collection of pictures from this match in December 2015 are available from http://www.carltonphotographic.co.uk/p684242231.

Josh Stanford (foreground) is currently in Australia and will be unavailable, as a result. Picture courtesy of Carlton Photographic. A full collection of pictures from this match in December 2015 against Hythe Town are available from http://www.carltonphotographic.co.uk/p684242231.

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