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Faversham Town manager Ray Turner is happy for his side to have points on the board rather than playing catch-up in Ryman League Division 1 South

02 January 2014
by Alex Hoad

Ray Turner

Ray Turner

Ray Turner would rather Faversham Town had points on the board than be playing catch-up in the Ryman League, Division 1 South promotion race.

Town have played up to six games more than some sides in their division so far this term, mainly a result of their early exits from knockout competitions.

Saturday’s 5-2 comeback win against Ramsgate took them back to within a point of the play-off places and just seven outside the top two, ahead of Wednesday's postponed game against Herne Bay at Salters Lane.

Town boss Turner said: “Saturday was a good day for us. Hopefully, that will be a big boost for us and fill us with confidence to finish off the festive fixtures.”

The Boxing Day stalemate at Sittingbourne took Town’s unbeaten run on the road to five and Turner said: “We’ve turned it around this season because we couldn’t buy a win away at the start of the season and now we’ve taken 10 points from our last four games.”

Horsham are next up for the Lilywhites, on Saturday, but Turner warned it would not be easy to make it six away games without defeat against the side which knocked them out of the FA Cup in September.

He said: “Horsham caused us problems when we beat them at home (2-1 in August) and obviously beat us down there in the cup.

“Six points from two games at this stage of the season would be massive in terms of getting us right back in it in terms of the play-offs.

“We want to put pressure on those top-four, that’s all we can do at this stage.

“There are a lot of teams with games in hand on us already but in a way, maybe going out of the cups early could be a blessing in disguise.

“Some of these teams are going to be playing a lot of games and it’s going to be tough for them to keep up with the teams who have played the games and have the points on the board.

“We would certainly rather be being chased than the ones doing the chasing.”

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