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Faversham Town boss Ray Turner in rallying call as club bid to make history

Ray Turner called on the people of Faversham to turn out in force for the Lilywhites’ biggest FA Cup game in decades on Saturday.

Saturday’s second qualifying round clash against Hitchin at Salters Lane is Town’s first at home at this stage of the competition since they drew with Dover in 1991-92 before going down in a replay.

Should they win, it would secure the first third qualifying round appearance in club history, 67 years after their first appearance in the competition against Margate.

Faversham boss Ray Turner Picture: Brian Green
Faversham boss Ray Turner Picture: Brian Green

Turner said: “It’s certainly the biggest Cup game we’ve had at home for.....I don’t know how long.

“Certainly in my time associated with the club and probably longer.

“We’ve never been in the next round. Not many teams at our level make it that far and if you do it gets you a bit more attention, gives the players some time in the limelight and they totally deserve it.”

He added: “It would be great to make a bit of club history and we’ll give it a good go. It’s not really been football weather and we’ve had a lot of home games lately but crowds have been going up and it would be great to get as many there as we can to support us.”

Turner travelled to see Hitchin win 4-0 at Cambridge City on Monday night to go sixth in the Southern Premier Division having scored nine goals in their last three games.

Turner said: “We’ve done our homework, I had a look at them.

“They are strong and well organised, they’ve won a few on the spin now and will be looking to get promotion this season.

“It’s going to be a test for us but our form has not been too bad, either. It should be a good game and we’ll be right up for it.”

Turner is set to venture into the loan market to help cover the loss of Sam Bewick who sustained ankle ligament damage as he attemped to score Town’s sixth goal in injury time of Saturday’s 5-0 win against Lewes.

Josh Stanford and George Monger are expected to return after missing Tuesday’s 3-0 win in the League Cup over Hythe.

Turner said: “It’s not the highest of priorities for either team but it was still a respectable performance.”

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