Faversham Town vs Sittingbourne – Saturday 2nd January, 3pm kick-off (Shepherd Neame Stadium, Salters Lane, Faversham, Kent. Postcode: ME13 8ND).
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Lilywhites look to start 2016 with a win
Faversham Town will look to start 2016 with a win, as they welcome Swale rivals Sittingbourne to the Shepherd Neame Stadium.
Both sides come into this match in good form.
The visitors began 2016 in 18th position in the Ryman South League Table with 29 points from 27 league games following a run of five matches without defeat.
Meanwhile, the home team have lost just once in their last 12 league fixtures and currently occupy 7th spot.
Both outfits were victorious in their last clash, Faversham beating Chatham Town 1-0 through a Renford Tenyue header on Boxing Day, while the Brickies beat Play-off chasing Ramsgate 4-0 on Monday afternoon after substitute Jordan Wells picked up a quick-fire hat-trick.
Town manager Ray Turner was at Woodstock Park on Monday and he said: “4-0 did flatter them, but they are not a relegation side. It won’t be easy but it would be a big three points if we could get them.”
The sides will also follow-up this match by hosting a Robert Dyas League Cup Quarter-Final on Tuesday evening, the hosts facing Dorking Wanderers and the away side welcoming Corinthian-Casuals.
Matt Bourne will come up against his old club once again, while captain Ryan Cooper and young striker Joe Lester have both had respective spells with Sittingbourne.
Meanwhile, young visitors’ defender Billy French, midfielder Ollie Bankole and, even, player-manager Nick Davis have played for Town in the recent past.
Bankole was involved in an unfortunate coming together in the two sides’ Ryman South encounter at the Shepherd Neame Stadium last season, which saw Faversham goalkeeper Simon Overland suffer a long-term injury.
However, even without Overland, Turner’s men claimed a 3-0 home win with Dean Grant scoring to add to a Charley Robertson brace.
The two outfits also met twice at Woodstock Park last term, playing out a 0-0 draw in the league after the Lilywhites had beaten their hosts 1-0 through a Sam Bewick goal in an earlier Robert Dyas League Cup tie.
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