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Faversham Town boss Ray Turner is hoping the Lilywhites can build on their three-match unbeaten run against Godalming

Manager Ray Turner says Faversham have restored some respect by launching an unbeaten run over the festive period and hopes they can use it as a springboard for the rest of the season.

The Lilywhites won 2-1 at Herne Bay in Ryman League, Division 1 South on Monday following 1-1 draws against Sittingbourne (Boxing Day) and at Hythe on Saturday.

Before this week, Town had not gone unbeaten in back-to-back league games since early-October – which was also the only previous time this season they had gone three games without losing.

Ray Turner Picture: Tony Flashman
Ray Turner Picture: Tony Flashman

Turner said: “I am proud of how we came through. It could have been three wins but I’d said before that we needed to start an unbeaten run and they all have to start somewhere.

“A couple of draws and a win and all of a sudden we’re going into Saturday looking to make it four games and another win.”

Rock-bottom Godalming – with just nine points from 28 games –visit Salters Lane on Saturday (3pm) and Turner said: “In a funny sort of way I’m enjoying that the pressure’s off. We can go out and attack and hopefully instil some confidence back in the boys.

“It’s not as simple as winning 5-0 on Saturday and everything is OK but it would reward the faith I’ve shown in the players.

“If we could get another win and although we’re not expected to win, somehow get through at Dulwich in the League Cup on Tuesday night (7.45pm), then we’d have a quarter-final to look forward to and everything starts to look up.

“We have restored a bit of respect over the last couple of weeks. I’d like us to still be considered dangerous to the top sides.”

With 22 games remaining, Town are 15th and 16 points off the play-off places.

Turner said: “Even though 2016 finished in a bit of a disappointing way, we achieved big things last year – the play-off final, a league cup final, the ground development and our best ever FA Cup run.

“We are slowly getting back to where we were. We can’t look at promotions or play-offs for now, the first thing we can aim for is trying to get back in that top-10. There is still a long way to go this season."

Sam Bewick begins a three-match ban against Godalming although Bola Dawodu is available.

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