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Faversham Town manager Ray Turner is happy for his side to keep it tight and secure narrow wins in Ryman League Division 1 South

06 February 2014
by Alex Hoad

Ray Turner

Ray Turner

Faversham Town boss Ray Turner has no problem with the Lilywhites grinding out wins if it means they achieve their aim of a return to the promotion play-offs.

Last season Town won plenty of admirers on their way to a third-placed finish in Ryman League, Division 1 South, amassing the league’s best away record and seeing 131 goals scored in their 42 games.

However, Tuesday’s 1-0 derby win over Herne Bay took Town seventh, made it three straight clean-sheets and means they have only conceded more than once in one of their last 10 games.

Turner said: “I am pleased with how things are going, we looked a strong team. Picking up three points was imperative.

“We are hanging in there with those top sides and we’re going to have to. They are in such good form and just not dropping any points. 

“We have to try and stick with them as best we can and then hopefully take advantage when the other top teams play each other.”

He added: “We’re looking hard to beat at the moment. It would be nice to be able to relax in the last 20 minutes and get a second or third goal but I’d take another two 1-0 wins this week right now.”

Saturday sees a huge fixture against eighth-placed Burgess Hill Town, who are three points behind Town, with four games in hand.

Turner said: “Saturday is an important game. They won every match they played in January and are flying. 

“They have games in hand too but if we could beat them, then we open up a six-point gap over them and that would take some closing, games in hand or not.”

Luke Harvey is almost certain to miss out on Saturday and the visit of Redhill on Tuesday (7.45pm) with a hamstring injury which has forced him off in Town’s last two games.


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