Isthmian League

Preview: Faversham Town

After back-to-back wins in league and cup, the Hawks will be looking for three in a row when Faversham Town travel to Brighton.

Jude Macdonald’s side were winless after their first three league games, but put that right away at Phoenix Sports a fortnight ago. And they followed up the 2-0 win on the road with a 2-1 win here at the TerraPura Ground last Saturday against Barton Rovers in the FA Trophy.

In front of a capacity crowd, goals from Lucas Rodrigues and Henry Muggeridge put the Hawks two goals to the good against their Southern League Central opponents.
And despite Dean Dummett’s strike for the visitors, the Hawks held on to book their place in the Third Qualifying Round of the competition, where they will host Cray Wanderers after the draw on Monday.

Lloyd Cotton made his Hawks debut in the FA Trophy win, and is poised to make his league debut for Macdonald’s side after switching from Haywards Heath Town. There was also a new name on the Hawks bench in Perry Osei Tutu, who joins the Hawks after a trial with Dartford. The young full-back has impressed club officials when the opportunity has come about, so here’s hoping he’s given a chance to shine for the Hawks.

Faversham Town come to Brighton tomorrow unbeaten in the league this season and on the back of a 4-1 win over Hertford Town in the FA Trophy.
Harry Harding scored twice for the Lilywhites, after Matt Bourne’s effort and an own goal put them in control of the tie at Salters Lane.
Having drawn with Hastings United and beaten Cray Valley already this season, James Collins’ side will be hoping to continue their unbeaten start to their Isthmian League South East season this afternoon.

After an indifferent start to the 2019/20 season, Town parted company with joint managers Paul Gates and Keith Chilvers in October. In their place, Collins came in and brought in his own coaching team. A huge influx of players, coupled with the departure of others, meant that by December a new-look squad was taking shape and they have been improving ever since.

It promises to be an entertaining game – COYH!

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