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Faversham Town manager Ray Turner reveals he is already looking ahead after a season of under-achievement

By Alex Hoad

Manager Ray Turner reflected on a season of frustration and revealed he is already plotting the way ahead for Faversham Town.

Town’s final game of the season at Tooting & Mitcham on Saturday is effectively a dead-rubber, with Town sitting 10th and almost certain to stay there whether they win or lose.

It is in stark contrast to a year ago when the Lilywhites were already secure in the top-five and preparing for a promotion play-off campaign which saw them come within a whisker of promotion.

Ray Turner Picture: Chris Davey

Turner admitted: “This week is a very different feeling to a year ago, that’s for sure. We’ve experienced the two extremes and I have to accept that it’s gone a little bit flat lately.”

The gap to the play-offs places is only eight points, as the top-five have struggled for form in the final weeks of the campaign, and Turner added: “We had the opportunity to have got back into the play-offs but we were not able to take the chances when they came along.

“The bottom line is that we haven’t been good enough to get back in, it is as simple as that.

Faversham drew with Leatherhead last time out 1-1. Picture - Tony Flashman

"We weren’t able to take advantage of games against some of the sides lower down the table in the closing stages of the season to apply pressure when we needed to. It was frustrating.”

Town have taken just 10 points from their last eight games, though they made it four points from their final two games of the season at Salters Lane, beating play-off bound Burgess Hill and drawing with second-placed Leatherhead on Wednesday and Monday respectively, either side of a 2-1 defeat at Guernsey.

Turner said: “One of the positives of the season was taking four points off Leatherhead, and we took four points off the champions Peacehaven too.

"It’s even more frustrating really when you look at it like that.”

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