Faversham Town axes reserve team in cuts at football club
FAVERSHAM Town are to disband their reserve team ahead of next season following a 'review' of the club's structure.
A statement issued by Town said: "Following a review of our current structure the club has decided that some changes need to be made to our playing structure for the new season.
"The main change is that we will not be running a reserve side in 2012/13."
It will come as a big blow for reserves manager Bob Reardon who last season guided the side to the runners-up spot in Kent League Division One where they only missed out on the title on the very last day, dropping valuable points away at Maidstone United.
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Town chairman Ray Leader said: "We're looking to streamline the youth policy, from under-13s through to under-18s.
"We're aiming to cut costs and as a result hoping more funding is available to promote youth.
"Considering how successful the reserves have been it was a very difficult decision to make and one we made very reluctantly."
Lilywhites boss Ray Turner said: "I can understand why the club have done this. We've had a few players come through the reserves in recent years but a lot more have come through the under-18s set-up, including Jack Baldwin.
"We'll see how it goes next season, but I think it's a case of taking one step back to move two steps forward. Hopefully we can now concentrate on getting it right at youth level."
Faversham are hoping that the planned Ryman under-21 league, scheduled to get underway in 2013, will help provide a smooth path from youth football through to the first team.
Another change for next season is that the club's under-18s will move from the Kent U18 League to the Ryman equivalent.
Back to matters seniors, and Turner admits that he's keeping himself busy.
"We've had discussions with a few players." he said. "But I'm reluctant to name names. Overall progress has been good. It's early days yet but I'm very positive."
Ex Faversham player Jack Baldwin has extended his one year deal at Hartlepool United.