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Faversham Town manager Ray Turner says it's time to get back to work in Ryman League Division 1 South promotion chase

16 January 2014
by Alex Hoad

Ray Turner

Ray Turner

Ray Turner says it’s time for Faversham Town to ‘get back to work’ on mounting a second straight push for Ryman League Division 1 South promotion.

Weather-permitting Town host Tooting & Mitcham on Saturday before a scheduled trip to out-of-form Whitstable on Tuesday (7.45pm), looking to close the six-point gap to the final play-off place.

Turner said: “We have a few games coming up against teams who are quite dangerous. 

“Potentially they could be fantastic one minute and not so much the next. You never know what you’re going to get with either of them.

“We are in control of our own position and it’s up to us. We have a lot of tough games to come but hopefully they will bring the best out of us.

“Whitstable haven’t been on the best run but they will be fired up for a derby and we’ll have to make sure we match them.”

A Kent FA representative game went ahead on the Salters Lane pitch on Sunday and Turner said: “I’ve seen it since and it’s not actually in bad nick. That was the only game played on it since we played Ramsgate (on December 28).

“We’ve done a fair bit of work on the pitch in the past few years and it looks to be paying dividends. 

“Plus it’s one of the bonuses of not having a reserve team playing games on it.

“Hopefully we will be able to get the game on.”

After Saturday’s washout at Leatherhead, Town sit eighth in the table but with a game in hand on some sides above them.

Turner said: “The table has settled down a bit. We had played more games than everyone but most teams have caught us up and even passed us.

“The top four have been pegged back and the chasing pack have caught up to the extent that it’s very tight from second down to ninth. It’s up to us to make sure we stay in the pack.

“It’s time for us to get back to work. We have 10 games coming up in five weeks, some of them against the top sides. 

“If we could average something like two points a game during that run then I should think we would maintain our position or even push us up the table a bit.”

Aaron Lacy serves a one-match ban against Tooting while Toby Ashmore (back) and Dave Botterill (hamstring) will both be assessed.

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