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Faversham Town manager Ray Turner expects Lilywhites to return to goal trail after consecutive stalemates

30 January 2014
by Alex Hoad

Ray Turner

Ray Turner

Ray Turner remains confident Faversham Town will hit the goal trail soon enough and says there’s no better place to start than at promotion rivals Hastings on Saturday.

Town are ninth in Ryman League, Division 1 South, five points and five places below Hastings after back-to-back goalless draws.

The Lilywhites have struck eight goals in their last six games. However, all eight came in just two games either side of the new year.

Terry White has replaced John Maggs at the helm at Pilot Field this week and Turner admitted: “They’ve had a change of manager and I’m not sure that helps us.

“They are intent on going back up at the first attempt but that comes with its own pressure. 

“The pressure  will be on them to get the result, especially with (leaders) Peacehaven and (second-placed) Leatherhead flying. I’m happy to play the underdog for a week.

“We played well at home against them and managed to get a 2-0 win. We have nothing to fear.”

Town drew a blank against Worthing on Saturday following a midweek stalemate at Whitstable but Turner said: “We had 16 attempts on goal, we just couldn’t convert any. 

“It’s not something I’m unduly concerned about, I’m sure it will turn. I’ve looked at the stats and we’re still creating the same number of chances.

“I think our keeper has only had one save to make in the last two games but it just seems to be when you start to stop teams from scoring, you stop scoring yourself.”

He added: “What we need is an early goal. I have no doubt if we could have got one in either of the last two games, we’d have gone on to win them. 

“There are fine margins in this game and we’ve not been far off.

“We’ve ended up with five points from three games but it so easily could have been nine. 

“If it had been we’d have been sat in the play-offs rather than ninth.”

With all their main rivals for the play-off places to face in the next six weeks, Turner insisted: “There is a long way to go and we can give any of the top teams a game. 

“We have some big games coming up and hopefully it brings the best out of us.

“We’ve tended to do well against the top sides. We have got no divine right to beat teams but the players are at the level where they expect to win games, which is a good thing.”

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