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Faversham Town joint-manager Danny Chapman aims to improve side's fitness

Danny Chapman believes some of Faversham Town’s problems will be solved once their fitness levels have improved.

Faversham have made a habit of throwing away leads in the Bostik South East this season.

New managers Chapman and Phil Miles, who returned this week from a charity trip to South Africa, will be increasing training to twice a week in an effort to improve the fitness.

Their next match is at Whyteleafe on Saturday.

Danny Chapman. Picture: Chris Davey.
Danny Chapman. Picture: Chris Davey.

Chapman said: “If we get our boys fitter as a group we will be five yards further up the pitch and those sloppy goals won’t happen.

“It is something myself and Phil will be addressing but it should not take long. We will be training twice a week now instead of once so it will not take long for that to show.

“Tuesday sessions will be quite intense with Thursday being a bit lighter.

“We have some good players here at the club but they have not been performing. There is ability here but they need to show it now.”

“I had someone watch their (Whyteleafe) game on Tuesday just to report back on formation, set plays and any special free-kicks they may do.

“I like to focus on my team and how we play rather than too much on the opposition.”

Action from Faversham's draw with Hastings on Saturday. Picture: Chris Davey.
Action from Faversham's draw with Hastings on Saturday. Picture: Chris Davey.

Faversham drew 2-2 with second place Hastings United on Saturday but Chapman felt like they should have won after being 2-0 up.

New loan signing Ben Chapman scored for the club and they may have to dip into the loan market in the coming weeks.

Chapman said: “We played ever so well. The game should have been finished in the first half as we should have been 3-0 up.

“We only needed to maintain in the second half but we gave away some sloppy goals. We were pleased we got a result against a good side but disappointed it was not more. It was down to fitness.

“Ben Chapman has come in from Gillingham and he has already scored a good goal for us.

“We will give everyone a good amount of time to show us what they can do before we will make any decisions. Because of injuries and suspensions we may have to dip into the loan market in the meantime.”

The Hastings match was also Clive Walker’s final match after 57 years in football. Walker had been in caretaker charge of the club while they searched for a new manager.

Chapman added: “He’s a good friend and someone I really like. Luckily we were able to draw on his experience on Saturday. He may still help us out by watching some games for us.”

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