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Faversham Town joint-manager Phil Miles wants his side to use their final matches as a springboard for improvement next season

By Cameron Hogwood

Faversham Town are aiming to use their final three games as a springboard for improvement next season, admits joint-manager Phil Miles.

The Lilywhites ended their five-game winless run in the league on Saturday with a 3-0 victory at home to Three Bridges.

It followed on from a 3-1 defeat to 10-man Herne Bay in leaving Town just one more win away from safety.

Faversham joint managers Danny Chapman and Phil Miles (right) Picture: Chris Davey
Faversham joint managers Danny Chapman and Phil Miles (right) Picture: Chris Davey

Miles said: “We looked more solid and I think we were the better side. They had half chances but we played a lot better this week.

“Our energy levels were better, we passed the ball better, we defended well, it was in total contrast to the week before and takes us a step closer to safety, we aren’t there yet though.

“For a lot of teams in the league their seasons are over, the top places are pretty much cemented, there are some play-off places to grab and then there are teams at the bottom, but those teams that are safe can relax.

“For us that momentum is important, even if just in the last three games, we want to go on an unbeaten run and take the positives into next season.

“We didn’t really have to say too much to the players before the game, it was a case of ‘we’re at home, you have the fans behind you and you let them down last week’.

“The players knew it was unacceptable, we said ‘go out and show the fans you want to do well for the club, we believe in you, go out and play the way you know you can’.”

Faversham fulfilled recent demands from their managers for a collective effort.

Miles added: “There were a lot of good performances. Donvieve Jones was fantastic, he attacked, defended, didn’t stop running, made tackles. I felt he was man of the match.

“Jamie Maxted was good, as was Dan Carrington, Liam King and Carl Rook.

“We said that if everyone played to their ability we will win more games than not, we couldn’t find a man of the match the previous week but every player did well.”

Securing their place in the league this weekend will mean overcoming a second-placed Horsham side unbeaten in their last five outings.

Miles said: “We will go into next week full of confidence and believing we can get something out of the game.

“We’ll go there and try to be hard to beat, if we can get the win it would be brilliant.”

Town host Ramsgate at Salters Lane on Easter Monday.

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