Faversham Town Preview

I don’t think many of us will want reminding of our game at Faversham Town earlier in the season when we were on the end of a five-goal hiding.  Since then our fortunes have looked up and despite last week’s 1-0 at Greenwich Borough, we sit just one point (and a few goals) outside the Play-off spots coming into Saturday’s game against 9th place Faversham.  Whilst our visitors are only eight points off the Play-off spots themselves, with only five games to go it is a very tall ask, although last season they only gained a spot in the Play-offs on the last day after Hastings United slipped up and went on to beat 3rd place Dorking Wanderers before losing in the final to Worthing.

Darren will face a bit of a selection dilemma with Matthew George starting his three game ban after his sending off at South Park.  Lloyd Cotton is hopeful of recovering from the ankle injury he sustained pre-match last Saturday at Greenwich Borough, whilst Steve Brinkhurst and Stacey Freeman will have enjoyed a match-free week to recover from their niggles.  Stephen Okoh came off the bench last week and will be pushing for a starting spot and the squad could be bolstered by the dual-registration signing of Bouwe Bosma from Eastbourne Borough.  Also joining the squad is former Worthing and Eastbourne Borough centre-back Matt Hurley who joined the club this week.  Welcome to both of our new signings.

The last six games (league only)

Lewes –                  W 4 D 0 L 2 GS 12 GA 2 Pts 12
Faversham Town – W 3 D 1 L 2 GS 12 GA 8 Pts 10

Faversham won 3-0 at home to East Grinstead Town last Saturday with top scorer Liam King grabbing a pair.  They’ve lost four of their last five on the road whilst we have three wins at home over the same number of games.

Our last meeting – September 2016 – Faversham Town 5 Lewes 0

After both sides cancelled out each other in the opening exchanges, Faversham took full advantage of a lapse in concentration at the back when Tenyue’s cross found its way to Dean Grant who controlled the ball unchallenged and struck the ball home to open the scoring after just ten minutes.  Faversham continued to push forward and the lively Kieron Campbell would have doubled their lead had Winterton not been on top form.  Alas, that confidence disappeared in the 25th minute when a quick move started by Dean Grant saw Liam King connect with Bewick’s cross and he slide the ball home.

Despite making a tactical substitution in replacing Brotherton with Josh Street, The Rooks found themselves three goals behind just before half-time when a poor clearance was picked up by Monger who fed Grant and he lifted the ball over the on-rushing Winterton and into the net.

Despite a bright start to the second half where The Rooks looked like they had found their attacking boots, Faversham grabbed a fourth goal on the break when Grant completed his hatrick after smashing the ball home after being fed by Bewick.

Lewes tried to grab some consolation with Culley and McCreadie coming close to getting on the end of low crosses into the area although former Rooks keeper Godmon was rarely troubled.  Four became five with 15 minutes to go, although the goal shouldn’t have been awarded after Campbell had let the ball run out of play before crossing for Bewick to strike the ball home from the far post.

The final drama saw both teams react to a late challenge by Lloyd Cotton in front of the dugouts that saw the Lewes captain yellow carded.

Kick off on Saturday at The Pan is 3pm – come early to avoid the Brighton & Hove Albion traffic and sample the beers left over from Friday night’s Beer Festival!