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Joint-manager Phil Miles was Faversham Town's fringe players to grab their opportunity

Phil Miles has challenged Faversham’s fringe players to go out and flourish in the absence of first team regulars over the coming weeks.

Town winger Liam King could face a short spell on the sidelines after hobbling off with a leg injury in the fifth minute of Saturday’s goalless draw with Phoenix Sports.

Circumstances mean Faversham are also set to be without a further three players when they host VCD Athletic at the weekend.

Joint-manager of Faversham Phil Miles
Joint-manager of Faversham Phil Miles

“It’s still bruised and swollen, but thankfully it’s just tissue damage,” joint-manager Miles said of King’s injury.

“We’ve also got Dan Carrington injured, Danny Walder has now picked up 10 bookings so he gets a two-game suspension and Dave Cook is not around next week due to a family commitment so we’re a little bare-boned heading into next week which is a bit upsetting.

“We’ll have to recruit some of the youngsters that sat on the bench for us when we first joined. It gives players a great chance to show they deserve a place in this team.”

The Lilywhites were unlucky not to come away with more than a point after creating scoring opportunities against Phoenix.

Miles admitted: “Unfortunately we were just not firing up top, we had three good chances. One saved off the line in the second half, Ashley Miller ran through and hit the post and Dave Cook also had a good chance but in fairness to him the ball did take a bobble.

“I think if we’d have scored those first-half chances we’d have gone on and won it.

“Yes, they had chances but we were slightly disappointed we didn’t take all three points.

“We spoke to their managers afterwards and overall when you look at the one they had ruled out for offside and then the header that forced a good save from Will Godmon, you would probably say a point was a fair result for both teams.

“Obviously we are a bit more biased. I felt if we’d have taken our chances and they had scored the offside goal we would have still gone on to win the game.

“It’s about putting the ball in the back of the net. We are happy we created four or five chances but disappointed we didn’t score one or two.”

The result keeps Faversham in 16th and level on 30 points with 15th-placed Herne Bay.

Despite having chances to win the game, Miles insists it’s hard to argue with what could prove a valuable point come the end of the season.

“It could have gone either way. We didn’t get beat at home.

“We’ll take the point because it could be the difference between us staying up next season. Every point we take is going to be a bonus, we’ve got some big games coming up.”

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