News from the dugout
18 August 2014
By Tom Reeves
Faversham sign former Tunbridge Wells duo
Faversham Town manager Ray Turner has signed two ex-Tunbridge Wells players in winger Josh Stanford and striker Jack Harris.
Stanford, 23, made a scoring debut in the 2-0 victory away to Merstham in an impressive team performance on Saturday.
The 23-year-old came up against Town in pre-season, while he was on trial with League One outfit Gillingham following his return to England from a spell with Albany Creek Excelsior in Australia.
Stanford made a name for himself in the UK when he scored in the FA Vase final for Tunbridge Wells at Wembley in a 2-1 defeat to Spennymoor Town in 2013, before his move down under.
However, following the end of his trial with the League One club managed by former England under-21 boss Peter Taylor, Turner swooped to get his man.
The Lilywhites did have to wait for Stanford to gain international clearance after his spell with Albany Creek Excelsior.
Though, the winger made an instant impact against the Moatsiders and sealed a deserved win.
In addition, Faversham have signed young Maidstone United striker Harris on loan.
Turner has initially signed the frontman for a month but is likely to look to extend that deal if possible.
Harris is a familiar face to Lilywhite supporters because he impressed during a month-long spell at the Shepherd Neame Stadium, in which, Town were unbeaten last campaign.
The forward has found opportunities hard to come by with Ryman League Premier Division side Maidstone United so far this season.
So, Turner has snapped up Harris, who was also a part of the Tunbridge Wells squad that reached the FA Vase final - along with Stanford - before his move to Jay Saunder’s Maidstone.
The striker made an immediate impact back at Maidstone United when his loan spell with Turner’s team finished last season.
Harris struck twice in a 4-3 victory over Dulwich Hamlet.
However, he wasn’t quite able to get the goals to fire the Stones into the Ryman League Premier Division play-offs. Saunder’s men finished 7th.
Turner hopes to have Harris available along with Stanford for Faversham’s first home Kent derby against Ramsgate.
“In terms of front players, I'm really happy now,” the Lilywhites boss said on signing Harris.
"We've got a good relationship with Maidstone and Jack has found himself on the bench at the start of the season, but he's got everything to make it at that level and hopefully he can help us and we can help him.”