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Faversham Town and Corinthian relegated from Isthmian South East after respective defeats at Hythe Town and Sittingbourne

Faversham’s 13-year Isthmian League stay has come to an end.

Their fate was sealed with a 1-0 derby loss at Hythe on Easter Monday while Corinthian are down, too, having suffered a 3-0 defeat at Sittingbourne.

Faversham manager Sammy Moore. Picture: Randolph File
Faversham manager Sammy Moore. Picture: Randolph File

Amid a tough campaign, Sammy Moore left Isthmian Premier Potters Bar to take charge of Faversham in November - but he wasn’t able to help the club avoid the drop, despite bringing in a range of new players, which included popular ex-Gillingham striker Adebayo Akinfenwa.

Moore replaced Simon Austin, who had been sacked, with the Lilywhites having begun the season under joint-bosses John Embery and Jermaine Darlington. But they only lasted until mid-October.

The club have made positive steps off-the-field, however. They hope to install a 3G pitch at Salters Lane this summer while Moore and assistant Darren Beale will start a post-16 education and football Academy programme during the 2023/24 campaign, as they both commit to the Lilywhites on a full-time basis.

Moore and Beale - alongside coaches Darren Hare and Tim Dixon - appear in it for the long haul at Faversham.

Speaking on their survival prospects last week, Hare said: “If it’s not enough, it’s not enough.

Corinthian boss Michael Golding. Picture: Chris Davey
Corinthian boss Michael Golding. Picture: Chris Davey

“But if it’s not enough, that’s not the end of Faversham Town. It’s the rebirth.

“It’s a journey we’re on. Even if we are relegated this year, it’s still a journey we’re on.

“It really is a smashing club.”

Faversham had reached the play-offs three times, the Final twice, in the past 10 years under then-manager Ray Turner.

They lost 3-0 at Maidstone in May 2013 and at Worthing by the same scoreline three years later, as well as suffering a penalty shoot-out defeat at home to Merstham in a play-off Semi-Final in April 2015 after a goalless draw at Salters Lane.

But Town will return to Step 5 next term where they will be joined by Michael Golding's men after their two-year Isthmian League stay.

They earned an impressive eighth-placed finish in their debut season last term but the departures of key players goalkeeper Aiden Prall to Sheppey and defender Ryan Sawyer, initially to Ashford, hit them hard in the summer despite 13-goal Oscar Housego's contributions.

Both relegated clubs meet at Gay Dawn Farm this Saturday and will be eager to ensure they don't finish at the foot of the table this term at least, with Corinthian two points ahead of Moore's men.

The Lilywhites last played at that level in 2009/10 when they won the league and the Kent Senior Trophy.

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