Faversham Town manager James Collins says new boys Stefan Wright and Alex Giles have helped restore the team’s spark

Faversham’s new signings have arrived at the right time to help end their five game losing streak.

Stefan Wright marked his return to Salters Lane after a spell at Cray Wanderers with the opener in a 2-0 win over Burgess Hill last weekend.

Faversham manager James Collins was impressed with the instant impact of his new signings. Photo: Chris Davey

And young right-back Alex Giles impressed after being loaned out by Gillingham on Friday night as the Lilywhites moved six points clear of bottom two Isthmian South East.

Manager James Collins knew the importance of getting a result against Hill – and it had a big impact.

“I felt it was a big game after losing to Hythe last week and it was a big result for us,” Collins said.

“We dealt with injuries for most of the season, but with the arrival of both players it was the first time since October that I had to rule people out.

“No disrespect to the young lads, who have done very well, but it was good to have a full bench of senior players to change over and everyone to play in their place.

“So many times we had people playing out of position and we struggled to find consistency and I just felt like I had to bring in a few bodies.

“I had Stef here before when I came to Faversham, he’s a good character and he suits the way we play at the moment.

“Alex Giles came on last minute from Gillingham on Friday and he had a great game at right-back.

“We have him for a month to start, which is normal with young guys, and we will assess after that.”

On Saturday, Faversham will host VCD, run by Collins’ childhood friend and former assistant Nick Davis, before hosting Herne Bay on Tuesday.

Both sides are in the promotion photo, but Faversham need to make the most of their much-criticized ground.

“The pitch hasn’t been good all season,” Collins said. “It’s like that. It’s not easy for teams to come here and we have to try to use that to our advantage.

“We play there every week, so in theory we should play better than our opponents and we have to find a way to win games regularly.

“When teams that like to play football come here and have to play more directly, you’re not playing the best version of it, and that’s where we have to try to take advantage of it.”

Meanwhile, Collins praised defender Matt Bourne, who scored the decisive second goal against Burgess Hill in his 440th appearance.

“That’s an incredible number of games,” Collins said. “He’s a leader on and off the pitch and I’m delighted for him.”

Town have been kicked out of this season’s Velocity Trophy.

A club statement said on Thursday that a player on loan who featured in their penalty shootout win over Corinthian after a goalless draw on Tuesday January 25 had not been properly registered within the time limit required by club rules. chopped off.

The club appealed the decision but have since been told their appeal was unsuccessful.

They were due to visit Isthmian Premier Carshalton in a draw in the Round of 16.

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