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Faversham Town boss Ray Turner ready to bide his time over new arrivals at Salters Lane

By Alex Hoad
Ray Turner Picture: Chris Davey

Ray Turner insists he does not regret remaining loyal to the players who took Faversham within a whisker of promotion, but admits the decision probably dented their chances of repeating the feat this term.

The Lilywhites have fielded perhaps the most settled side of any within Kent over the past two seasons.

However they failed to return to the highs of 2012/13 as a 4-2 reverse at Tooting on the final day of the Ryman League Division 1 South season condemned them to finish this campaign in 10th.

Turner revealed there could be changes at Salters Lane this summer and admitted: “I don’t regret sticking with the players who did so well for us, but maybe we missed out by not having enough competition for places, maybe it might have given us a jolt and made the difference in terms of getting back in the play-offs.

“I think we had a solid season and we gained respect from the season before, which made things more difficult as teams were glad of any points they could take from us. It’s time for us to kick-on again now though.”

He added: “I don’t think I owe any of the players anything after the couple of years we’ve spent together and I don’t feel I am owed anything either.

“That said I’m not going to be going out chasing players, I just want to see the hunger and desire of players to play for this club. I am not in a panic to get anyone signed.

“We have left things open with the (current) players.”

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