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Whitstable Town boss Justin Luchford to make first return to former club Faversham Town

By Alex Hoad

Justin Luchford

Whitstable boss Justin Luchford returns to former club Faversham on Saturday for the first time since his shock resignation just over a year ago.

It is sure to give the Ryman League Division 1 South derby an added edge, Luchford having quit last March saying his position had become "untenable" and he couldn’t stay, after three-and-a-half successful seasons at Salters Lane, during which time he took them into the Ryman League for the first time.

Luchford (pictured) was appointed boss at Premier Division Horsham three months later but left by mutual content last October, before joining the Oystermen a month later, following Peter Nott’s departure.

Luchford’s assistant Richard Langley said: "Justin hasn’t been back since he left but has never really spoken about what happened there."

Brother Dane is also likely to face his former club but long-term casualty Dale Skelton misses out on a return after suffering serious knee ligament damage earlier this season. He is set for an operation in the summer.

James Pinnock has recovered from illness, while Alfie Munn and Joe Hitchings are added to the squad.

Faversham boss Ray Turner, who succeeded Luchford at Salters Lane, said: "Both teams have kind of done the job in terms of their league positions but it’s a game that’s obviously important in terms of local pride.

"Matches at this stage of the season, with nothing on them, can be a bit tame but hopefully not this one.

"We should get a good crowd and hopefully the players will get the chance to express themselves."

Justin Ascheri returns to the squad after serving a two-match ban but Ashley Brown is unavailable because of a family commitment.

Nicky Humphrey (hamstring injury) faces a fitness test.

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