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Faversham Town manager Ray Turner says players need to finish season in style to ensure they stay at the club next season

By Alex Hoad

Faversham Town boss Ray Turner says players’ performances in the final 10 days of the season could decide whether they have a future at the club.

Town’s run of one win in six games has come at a frustrating time for Turner, who knows finishing in the top-five will be “nigh-on impossible” as they sit nine points adrift with four games remaining ahead of Wednesday night's visit of rivals Burgess Hill.

Ray Turner Picture: Chris Davey

Turner said: “Our form has not been great but it’s not been terrible either because we’ve not been losing games.

“Unfortunately, we’ve never been close enough to the top-five to take advantage when other teams slip-up, as they have been doing.

“It seems when other teams are losing, we only get a point and we’re probably still too far away even if we can pick up some wins.”

Town head to Guernsey on Friday night ahead of a Saturday lunchtime kick-off against the promotion-chasers, before heading back to entertain Leatherhead at Salters Lane on Easter Monday (3pm).

Turner said: “I want us to finish strongly and win games, I don’t want the players to think the season is over a week on Saturday and go through the motions.

“We have got some big games still to play and thankfully playing against the top sides has normally brought the best out of us this season.

“How the players approach these final games will tell me a lot about them and their individual characteristics.

“It’s an important time for me as I’m planning for next season and want to have players here who fit.

“If players aren’t able to motivate themselves for the remaining games, then that could well help me make decisions and determine whether they are going to be part of the club’s future going forward.”

Town will be seeking a fourth straight win against promotion-chasing Leatherhead and Turner added: “Hopefully, the final home game will be a good occasion.

“Leatherhead are a big side at this level and we’ve had a good run against them, beating them twice last year and at their place already this season.

“They’ll certainly be up for it. It would be great to finish the season off at home with a win to reward our supporters.”

Jamie Maxted is available on Saturday after work commitments ruled him out of the Burgess Hill clash which was the final game of Brendon Cass' suspension.

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