Published: 06:00, 24 September 2021
| Updated: 08:13, 24 September 2021
Boss James Collins hopes new arrival Jono Richardson can provide some much-needed experience to Faversham Town's squad.
Richardson joined the Lilywhites after being released by Ashford last week and was in the squad for their 1-1 home draw against East Grinstead last weekend, although he was an unused substitute.
Captain Harry Harding converted a penalty for Town after Roman Campbell had been fouled in the Isthmian South East clash, with Faversham hitting back after Kie Douglas had broken the deadlock.
“We felt like we needed that experience,” Collins said of the signing of Richardson.
“We felt, with the long throw we've got, he gives us extra height.
“He is an asset.”
Richardson has previously been assistant manager at Sheppey but Collins said Richardson will only have a playing role at Salters Lane.
Collins, who is hoping to announce more signings soon, said: “He is just coming into play.
“He strengthens our squad. We have lost a few players, so we just felt it was something that we needed.
“He’s a good person - and that’s what we want in the changing room. Good people as well as good players.”
Next up for Town on Tuesday is a home game against Hythe and Collins hopes his team can build on their performance against East Grinstead.
He said: “We did okay in the first half - without there being a great deal of quality. But in the second half, I felt it looked better.
“If we play like that (the way Town did in the second half), we will do okay this season.
“But it's about keeping those levels week-in, week-out, so we need to try and keep those levels of performance up.
“It will be a very hard game against Hythe. But they are all hard games at this level.”
Benedict Bioletti, 17, put in a man-of-the-match display against the Wasps while fellow midfielder D'Jean Spencer also impressed.
Collins said: "I thought they were our best two players. That’s pleasing because we try and give the youngsters a go if we can.
"I was very pleased with their performances."
Town's under-23 side host Rusthall this weekend in the first round of the Kent Intermediate Cup at Salters Lane.