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Faversham Town manager Ray Turner believes the Lilywhites are making progress

By Steve Tervet

Confidence is returning at Faversham Town after they won for the first time in 10 games on Tuesday night.

Ray Turner’s side beat Phoenix Sports 1-0 at Mayplace Road East with Luke Griffiths netting the only goal.

Faversham are still just three points off the foot of Bostik South but the manager feels they are making progress.

Ray Turner Picture Gary Browne

Ray Turner Picture: Gary Browne

Turner said: “It’s fantastic. You forget that feeling. As much as performances have been decent recently, the longer it goes without a win, everyone has self-doubt from the management team right the way through to the players.

“Confidence takes a hit so I’m delighted for the players because they’ve worked so hard in the last couple of weeks.

“Myself and (assistant boss) Clive Walker have had to virtually build a new team in four weeks. I’m pleased for the players and the supporters.

"It just reinforces a little bit of belief. We’ve worked on a few things, starting with the defence and we’ve only conceded one goal in three-and-a-half games. That’s the starting point.

“We’ve got work to do. We’d like to score more goals but that will come with confidence and that win’s given everyone a timely lift.”

Faversham host VCD on Saturday knowing another win could see them climb as many as four places.

Turner said: “We’re realistic enough to know we’ve still got some issues to get away from that bottom end but back-to-back wins would be a massive lift.

“We know we’ve had problems but it’s still October and I’ve seen many sides at this level go from bottom to approaching the top end after Christmas.

“Pitches change a bit now and the football changes as well. We’re hopeful we can use that win as a bit of a springboard.

"It’s one small step and I want to be pushing that group now. It’s a new side and let’s hope they can take that confidence into Saturday.”

Sam Bewick is suspended but George Monger returns from a ban while Turner hopes to have Renford Tenyue back from a hand injury in November.

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