Manager James Collins is thrilled with the performance he’s getting from injured Faversham squad.
They fought for a 1-0 victory at Corinthian in south-eastern Isthmus on Saturday, although they were severely exhausted.
Rising prospect Benedict Bioletti, 17, retired on match day with a problem with his neck and arm while defender Joe Denny – already struggling with a broken finger – was also ill but played.
An early penalty from Eddie Allsopp, who will start a suspension this weekend, earned Faversham the points as goalkeeper Luke Watkins put in a strong performance. But it is now uncertain for their next game against Sevenoaks with a knee problem.
Other people on Town’s treatment table include defenseman Matt Bourne (foot), Clark Woodcock (ankle) and club captain Harry Harding (knee), alongside ailing midfielders Sam Bewick and D’Jean Spencer. of hamstring injuries.
Collins admitted, “I’ve never experienced an injury list like this.”
But they produced wins nonetheless, also beating Sutton Common Rovers in the Velocity Trophy 2-1 last Tuesday in the first round thanks to goals from forward Emmanuel Oluwasemo.
“People have to come in and try their luck,” said Collins, who is trying to sign two players on loan this week.
“We have a team of 23. It’s a testimony of the players who came and tried their luck.
“There is still a lot of room for improvement. Even though we started well last season, I probably had a solid 12, but now we have depth.
“We are still not scoring as many goals as I would like, but we are going in the right direction.
“I keep pushing them and wanting more, and they keep delivering.
“I can’t wait to see how far I can keep pushing them.”
Forward Leroy Hlabi has joined Faversham.
Collins revealed, “He was in Gillingham. He had been to Staines.
“He was recommended to me by Neil Cugley in Folkestone because he had trained with them.
“Basically, I just needed to strengthen the team.
“He came and did well in the last two games. “
Allsopp had just started to regain form, although after receiving a red card against Sutton Common Rovers he began a three-game suspension.
“He did what he did the other night. He has to learn from this, ”admitted Collins.
“There’s no point in crying about it.
“I still expect us to have a good performance this weekend.”
Micky Collins’ Sevenoaks, currently 16th, are visitors to Salters Lane this Saturday.
Faversham boss Collins said: “They are experienced at this level. I’ve never had an easy game against Sevenoaks.
“I know it won’t be easy but we are at home and our home record is good. Then we play Hythe (Tuesday) in the Kent Senior Cup.
“It was nice to have a week off, although I think they got two weeks off.
“I hope we can do a performance in front of the fans at home.”
Midfielder Lewis Chambers is back from injury, however.