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Faversham Town boss Ray Turner says Ryman League Division 1 South club cannot afford to lose more games to weather

09 January 2014
by Alex Hoad
Ray Turner

Ray Turner

Faversham boss Ray Turner says the weather woe has not hit Town as hard financially as some of their rivals but if they were to lose any more home games, then the Lilywhites would be facing a problem.
Saturday’s trip to Ryman League, Division 1 South promotion rivals Leatherhead has already been called-off with standing water covering the Tanners’ pitch.
The only home game Town have lost due to rain this term was the New Year’s Day clash with Herne Bay, while the high winds have not wreaked as much havoc as they have at Folkestone and Hythe, who have seen stands destroyed.
Turner said: “There are plenty of other clubs in a worse position than us. We’ve had a couple of fence panels blown down but that’s not a lot compared to some of the clubs.
“We looked at switching games with Leatherhead and playing it at home on Saturday and reversing the fixture later in the season but we have a function at the clubhouse already and, after looking at the possibilities of Sunday or Friday, it wasn’t viable for either party.”
Turner added: “Most clubs survive week to week at this level and losing home games like some other clubs have is going to have an impact. 
He said: “We’re trying to keep focused. We had a break this time last year, I think we only got a couple of games played in January.
“It’s how you come back that’s important. A lot of clubs are going to be having a sort of mini pre-season to make sure they come back right.”
Midfielder Tom Hickman is nearing a return after sustaining a dislocated knee cap which the club feared would end his season early.


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