A productive Bank Holiday weekend saw City comfortably make progress in the Emirates FA Cup, winning 7-2 at Bridon Ropes as well as secure another impressive away victory in the league at relegated Burgess Hill Town.
First team coach Danny Potter was particularly delighted with picking up three points at the Green Elephants Stadium on Monday, “We were delighted to come away from there with the win”. “We’re not getting carried away though, we must forget about that and move onto the task ahead”.
Faversham will make the trip to Sussex full of confidence having secured their first league win of the campaign on Tuesday evening when a stoppage time goal by Makhosini Khanye helped them to 1-0 win over Kent rivals Hythe Town.
“They also had a good result in the week so we’re fully aware that the game on Saturday will be a tough one”. “They have a reputation of being a good club at this level having regularly made the play-offs, however hopefully we’ve proved already that we’ll be a match for anyone in this division”.
The Lilywhites lost the play-off final in 2015/16 to a Worthing side that featured current Chi players Corey Heath and Matt Axell.
Last season however was a difficult one for the Salters Lane outfit when they finished just two places off the bottom.
Prior to their midweek success a 3-3 draw with Guernsey on the opening day was followed by a 2-0 reverse at Hastings United three days later. Four points from the opening three games leaves them 12th in the table at this early stage.
Miles Rutherford’s side have managed two Ishmian League wins on the road so far but lost their only home match to Whyteleafe and Potter is aware how important home form will be this season, “We all know that home form is vital in this league, it means less pressure when you travel to tough away games”. “With that in mind we must do all we can to get that first home win on Saturday”.
Chi will once again be without defender Ryan Peake who is still recovering from the head injury he sustained at Ramsgate. Elsewhere Jamie Horncastle looks set to miss out again having been absent at Burgess Hill, while Josh Clack and Callum Overton will both be looking to prove their fitness to earn a place in the matchday squad.
With injuries mounting up Rutherford quickly moved to strengthen his squad this week bringing back forward Jimmy Wild to the club.
Wild was at Bognor Regis Town last season and scored as they won the Sussex Senior Cup final at he Amex.
Potter thinks Wild is a welcome additional to the group, “It’s a huge addition for us”. “He’s a proven player at step 3 so his return is a massive boost for us and gives us strength in depth”.
Potter confirmed Wild is available and will be in the squad for tomorrow’s match.
Kick-off at Oaklands Park is 3pm with admission prices £8 for adults, £4 for concessions, £1 for Students/16-18-years-olds, while under-16’s go free.
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