Turner keen to kick on next year
A SEASON that held so much promise for Faversham Town ended in defeat on Saturday as the Lilywhites lost 3-1 at home to Corinthian Casuals.
It brought the curtain down on what's been a challenging campaign for the Salters Lane club and, in particular, manager Ray Turner.
He said: "We always strived to finish in the top half of the table, which has to be the aim of a club like Faversham.
"We peaked after Christmas, when we beat Sittingbourne, but I was disappointed with the way we ended the season.
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"In fact ever since we made sure relegation was no longer a possibility we have, by and large, disappointed.
"There have been changes in personnel, and the distraction that goes with them, but we were guilty of trailing off."
Turner and his players will now attempt to fit in a short holiday before pre-season training gets underway, most probably in late June.
The new Division One South season is scheduled to kick-off on August 18, and Turner admits that some fundamentals need to be looked at before then.
"I need to look at the squad and see how I can change it for the best," he said.
"But the crowds this season have been low and because of that we have been unable to kick on as I would have wanted.
"That's something we need to work on, getting more people through the turnstiles.
"Even at this level of football money talks.
"But at the end of the day I'm given a budget by the board and it's my job to work with that budget."
Turner is also targeting a change to the club's youth structure and admits he'd like to see more local players in the team.
He added: "It's been a tough season and I don't expect the next one to be any different.
"We've shown we can compete with the best on our day, but we haven't scored enough goals.
"The highlights have been doing the double over Maidstone and the home wins against Ramsgate and Sittingbourne.
"But we never managed to put a decent run together and that's reflected in where we finished in the table."
Another development is that veteran striker Danny Hockton has expressed an interest in becoming involved with the coaching side of things.
The 33-year-old joined the Lilywhites in November.
"Danny wants to stay at the club and the natural progression for him at this stage of his career is coaching," said Turner.
"He still wants to be involved on the pitch and we will aim to perhaps combine the two."