MATCH PREVIEW: Ramsgate FC v Faversham Town

MATCH PREVIEW: Ramsgate FC v Faversham Town

28/02/2020

Ramsgate Football Club take on Faversham Town for more Isthmian League action on Saturday afternoon at the Southwood Stadium, 3:00pm kick-off. 

Matt Longhurst’s side will look to get back to winning ways following Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat against Whitstable in the Kent Senior Cup quarter-final.

There will be a precautionary pitch inspection taking place at 10:30am tomorrow morning ahead of the match. The club will keep all fans updated via social media. 

TEAM NEWS: 

Ramsgate will welcome back Phil Starkey, Aaron Simpson, Jude Arthurs, Josh Oliver and Henry Arnold after they were cup-tied on Tuesday night. Kane Rowland also returns after recovering from a minor injury set-back. 

Ollie Gray is also set to make his return to the squad, placing himself in contention to start. Jamie Maxted serves the final game of his 2-match suspension for an accumulation of too many bookings this season. 

MANAGERS VIEW: 

“I’m expecting a tough game. Nick Davis, now Faversham’s assistant, should get a warm welcome back to Southwood from the supporters.”

“James [Collins] will have a well-organised side that works extremely hard and they’ll be difficult to beat. I know they were heavily beaten in midweek but i would certainly expect them to want to show a reaction to that. That’s what the management team will demand.”

“If i turn my attention to Tuesday night’s performance against Whitstable Town, I felt we did well in patches on a difficult pitch with a lot of rotation in the side. The boys really did well in terms of taking on board a different system and we may well utilise that again in the future.”

“I’m happy I can welcome back Kane [Rowland] from injury, as well as Ollie Gray who could be involved. Then obviously all of the other lads who couldn’t play on Tuesday night as they were cup-tied will be back.”

“The only notable absentee going into this match will be Jamie Maxted as he serves the final game of his suspension. Thankfully that’s something we can live with as we have strength in depth in that area of the pitch.”

“Tomorrow’s game is one that we really will be looking to win, especially being at home and in the position we are in in the league.”

“Our last home match [against Whitehawk] we performed excellently but only picked up a point when we should’ve taken all three. We need to follow up with that kind of performance and we will certainly win games.”

“We had a good training session on Thursday in which we went over tomorrow’s fixture in detail. My management team and I are confident the players are in high spirits to go and get the result that we need.”

“It will probably be a difficult day to contend with due to the weather but hopefully there isn’t too much wind that will affect the match. That said, we’re probably beginning to get used to it now! It’s an important game and we’ll look for a positive result.”

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