Kent League look at Faversham Town's application

Tuesday 09th May 2006

Faversham Town have taken a step closer to their dream of Kent League football with news that Lewisham Borough are OUT of the race for promotion - article courtesy of

Faversham Town finished their British Energy Kent League campaign in runners-up position last Wednesday following a 2-1 win over Sheerness East.

League rules state that teams must finish in the top two to qualify for promotion but with just one club allowed to go up, Lewisham were in pole position after being crowned champions.

But it has now emerged that the South Londoners cannot meet the league criteria for promotion and that means Faversham Town's application will now be considered.

Chair of the Kent League Denise Richmond revealed: "I can confirm that Lewisham Borough have been ruled out. Unfortunately, their ground does not meet the required standards for promotion.

"It means that we will now look at Faversham Town's application. I have arranged for a further ground assessment to be carried out as soon as possible and we will take it from there."

Faversham Town's chief executive John Webb said he was delighted to be given a chance to prove Town were worth a place in the Kent League.

He said: "The people at the football club who sparked our incredible revival dreamed of the chance to re-join the Kent League.

“Now I am looking forward to welcoming the league's inspectors to Salters Lane to reassess the work we have done.

"I am confident we have the facilities to win us promotion and that is all thanks to all the many people who have worked so hard to put the club back on the map."

Webb said he had great sympathy for the players, supporters and officials of Lewisham Borough.

He revealed: "We were in exactly the same boat this time last year when our own bid to join the Kent League fell flat. However, we learned from the lesson and have bounced back strongly this year.

"We made a lot of friends at their club despite the intense rivalry during the race for the title. In fact, we are in the process of arranging a pre-season friendly for our youth teams this summer. We wish them all the best for next season."