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Faversham Town face a big ask to create another FA Cup shock against Wealdstone

By Alex Hoad

Ray Turner is plotting a way to help Faversham upset the odds in one of the most valuable games in the club’s history.

The Lilywhites head to Ruislip on Saturday to take on National League South Wealdstone in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Town boss Turner believes the game could be worth as much as £10,000 to the winner – taking into account gate receipts, the £4,500 prizemoney and the potential for being awarded a lucrative home tie in Monday afternoon’s third qualifying round draw.

Ray Turner. Picture: Chris Davey.
Ray Turner. Picture: Chris Davey.

Turner visited Grosvenor Vale on Monday night to see Wealdstone beat Poole 4-1 in National League South and said: “I watched them come into a bit of form – seven goals in their last two home games, just what we wanted!”

He added: “It should be a good day for the club. It’s a good environment to play football, a decent crowd and a lovely pitch.

“It’s another step up from Bostik Premier (in which previous round opponents Tonbridge play) and it is going to be a big ask for us to go there and win.”

However, Town visited Maidenhead – another side two levels above them – at the same stage three years ago and Turner said: “It was a tight game.

“We were in the game for a long time and gave a good account of ourselves before we eventually conceded a couple of goals. Hopefully, we can rise to the occasion again. The first goal is always so crucial.

“We can’t go there and sit back and play for a replay. We have to be positive and if we are able to create a couple of opportunities, we have to take them.”

Town go into the game on a high after ending a four-match losing streak in Bostik South with a 1-0 derby win at home against Sittingbourne on Tuesday.

Turner said: “I think the cup wins have distracted from the league form a bit, which has helped but we are not far away.

“It was all about the result, rather than the performance. We needed that win, we looked more solid and hopefully we can start building again.”

Town’s fourth loss came in a 2-1 defeat at early leaders Carshalton on Saturday.
Turner said: “I don’t have any problem with the result. They are a good side, the best we have played this season.

“We were not that far away from coming away with something, from a team I expect to be right up there. We said to the players, ‘don’t get too down, we are close’. It’s a good group and we are more than capable of going on a run.”

Charley Robertson (ankle) is Turner’s only absentee while he is set to field a youthful side in the League Cup clash with Hythe at Salters Lane on Tuesday (7.45pm).

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