Faversham Town vs Whitstable Town – Saturday 23rd January, 3pm kick-off (Shepherd Neame Stadium, Salters Lane, Faversham, Kent. Postcode: ME13 8ND).
Match status – Game On.
A host of former Lilywhites are set to return to the Shepherd Neame Stadium
A number of former Faversham Town players will make their first return to the Shepherd Neame Stadium, as the Lilywhites host Whitstable Town in a crunch local Derby.
Following the departure of Wayne Wilson in November to become the Oysterman’s joint-manager alongside ex-Ramsgate coach Ian Cox, the 30-year-old has since brought Dean Grant, Stuart King and Taser Hassan with him to Whitstable, with the first two joining directly from the home team.
Grant was the first to join the visitors at the end of November.
He was then followed by Hassan, who began the season with the hosts, but failed to secure a regular first-team place.
Meanwhile, King was the last of the quartet to return to the away side earlier this month and has already scored two goals in two games, since leaving Ray Turner’s team.
This fixture will see the quartet return to the Shepherd Neame Stadium for the first time, since their exit.
Meanwhile, as part of the deal that saw King join the Oystermen, Kieron Campbell went the other way to Faversham.
Campbell, 20, made an impressive debut in Town’s 3-1 defeat at Corinthian-Casuals last Saturday, despite a Renford Tenyue goal, and could be in line to make his home debut against his old club.
One away player, who won’t make his first return to the Shepherd Neame Stadium is Sam Bewick. He played for the Lilywhites last term.
He will be serving a suspension along with Scott Punton.
The visitors come into this contest, having surrended a 1-0 lead against Hastings United to slip to a 2-1 defeat at the Belmont in the final 10 minutes last Saturday.
The two outfits have already met in the Robert Dyas League Cup this season at the Belmont. Faversham Town progressed to the Second Round of the Robert Dyas League Cup after a 5-4 penalty shootout victory following a 1-1 draw with Whitstable Town. George Monger netted the Lilywhites’ goal.
The two sides come into this match with very different goals for the rest of the 2015/16 campaign.
Turner’s men are currently in 6th position on 51 points off 30 league fixtures in the Ryman South League Table and are aiming to break into the Play-off places, while Whitstable sit rock bottom of the league table on just 14 points.
Though, the Oystermen do have form in their local Derbies this term.
Whitstable bagged a 3-2 victory over Ramsgate in October, while they also beat Herne Bay 2-0 through goals from Grant and Gillingham loanee Harry Stannard in late December.
When the sides last met at the Shepherd Neame Stadium, Faversham Town’s six-match winning run ended with a 3-1 defeat to local rivals Whitstable Town, despite a Jamie Maxted goal.
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