Published: 00:00, 07 September 2017 |
Updated: 09:39, 08 September 2017
Ray Turner hopes the confidence from Faversham’s memorable FA Cup win against Tonbridge can reignite their league campaign.
The Lilywhites were humbled 3-0 at home by Herne Bay in Bostik South on Bank Holiday Monday but to Turner’s delight, his side bounced back just five days later to dump Premier Division Tonbridge out of the Cup.
Manager Turner said: “You wouldn’t have put us down (for a giantkilling) after the bank holiday we had. We were particularly bad, we needed a response and got one.
“It was a fantastic game, a big crowd and it’s a nice feeling. The boys stood up and showed what they are all about.
“It was a tough ask but when you get a performance and result like that, you hopefully take that into the league programme.”
Two-goal Mark Lovell returned from injury with a double inside the opening half-hour and Turner said: “We needed that bit of experience and those players are important for how we’re going to do this season.
“The two games we have managed to pair him and Liam King together, we have won 5-0 and now beaten Tonbridge.”
Town’s reward for reaching the second qualifying round for the fourth time in five years is a tough trip to National League South side Wealdstone on Saturday, September 16.
Turner added: “It’s a tough draw. You want a realistic chance of getting through and away to a Conference South side most people would say is unrealistic. But it will be nice to play somewhere we’ve never played before, it’s a day out, on the coach, a big crowd.”
Town are back in Bostik South action on Saturday at Carshalton (3pm), seeking to end a run of three straight league defeats.
Turner said: “I rate Carshalton. They were in the top couple of sides we played last year. It will be difficult but if we play like we did against Tonbridge, we’ll be all right and hopefully the confidence will build.”
Sittingbourne make their second trip to the Shepherd Neame Stadium in a week on Tuesday (7.45pm) and Turner added: “I don’t want us to lose another home derby after Ramsgate and Herne Bay in the past two league home games.”
A youthful Town side did bow out of the League Cup on Tuesday night as they conceded a stoppage-time winner in the Swale derby against the Brickies, with former Town favourite Bola Dawodu getting the goal.
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