Weather permitting, this Saturday ‘Boro entertain play-off contenders Bishop’s Stortford in their battle for Conference South survival. (Skrill South League Fixture – Kick off 3pm)
- Don’t forget – Live Football will be screened in the Club Bar from 12:45pm and the Club Shop Sale continues in the Club Shop tomorrow, with most items reduced to clear.
14th placed ‘Boro will go into Saturday’s game against Bishop’s Stortford brimming with confidence after two vital back-to-back 3-2 League wins over Dorchester Town and Tonbridge Angels.
As the 5th highest goalscorers in the Skrill South with an impressive 38 goals from 24 games; ‘Boro will be looking to make sure their strong home form continues as they look to climb the table & fast.
Ahead of the game, ‘Boro boss Spencer Day told BBC Surrey:
“Two wins, two massive wins – gives us confidence. We’ve brought some new faces in and it’s a happy dressing room at the moment. Bishop’s Stortford are pushing for the play-offs. We had them watched and they are a very strong side – forecast is a bit iffy but at the moment we’d like to think the game will be on and we desperately need the fans to turn up. The attendances have been very poor and we need them. If they turned up to the last two games, they would have seen entertaining games and a really battling bunch of players wearing the yellow and blue, which is vital.
“So a tough match, no doubt about it, but we’re looking forwards to it. When you’ve won two real battles, in difficult conditions; we haven’t played Bishop’s yet, first time we get to see them and we know it will be a tough game against a side pushing for promotion but it’s a game, at home, we’re confident we can go and get some points from. Hopefully the weather holds and a massive thank you to the volunteers that have helped Pete this last few weeks to get the games on.
“We’ve always known this season what we’re trying to achieve and games around teams that are in and amongst the relegation battle, we’ve had two good results, we’ve got another home game to come and we’re looking forwards to our home games of course.
“We’ve strengthened the squad for this vital month, it’s very difficult with the conditions and the heaviness of the pitch, but we will take each game as it comes and we look forwards to it, we will be positive. We didn’t panic when we were losing games; we’re not going to get too excited now that we’ve won a few.
“We know we’ve got some good players, we know what we’re trying to achieve this season at the club, and we’re a positive bunch. We are looking forwards to the next game, and as I said, in and around the ground, there is a confident feeling and fingers crossed the fans will start to come back and support the players and we can start to climb the table.”
Of their 13 away trips so far this season, Bishop’s Stortford have won 4; drawn 4 and lost 5 scoring 22 goals on the road but conceding 25, and lie two points of the Skrill South play-off places in 8th position.
This is the first of two times the sides will clash this season. The return fixture at Woodside Park is scheduled to take place on Saturday 22nd March.
Stringer could be without Brian Woodall, who limped out of the action, in their 1-0 win over Staines on Tuesday, with a hamstring injury.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s game, Stortford boss Rod Stringer told Herts and Essex Observer:
“It’s a tough pitch and if you’re not fit and don’t stretch properly, you’re going to get little injuries.
“We’ll have to patch ourselves us up and Cliffy [Cliff Akurang] will probably be back for Saturday, so that gives me a bit more depth again.
“Sean [Francis] should be back. We’ve left him out tonight and that was probably a good idea because we have to look at it that a pitch like that will find out any little injuries.
“We’ll have to look at [Brian] Woodall on Thursday. It isn’t going to get any easier. I’ve got small squad here and everybody is important.
“Without any more budget to spend there’s not a lot else I can do. We just have to hope we don’t get any more serious ones like Johnny Herd.”
One to watch: Cliff Akurang – 9 goals
The Bar will be open from noon and Liverpool vs Arsenal will be shown in the Bar live from 12:45pm.
Turnstiles open at 1pm and Admission Prices are:
- Adult – £12
- Concessions – £8
- Children (Under 16’s) – FREE
PLEASE NOTE: All Season ticket holders and Complimentary tickets must enter the Stadium via Turnstiles on a Match Day.
- Car Park – £2
- Boro View (Match Day Programme) – £2
Skrill South Fixtures – Saturday 8th February 2014 (All kick off at 3pm)
Bath City vs Whitehawk
Bromley vs Sutton United
Chelmsford City vs Gosport Borough
Concord Rangers vs Ebbsfleet United
Eastbourne Borough vs Dorchester Town
Eastleigh vs Maidenhead United
Farnborough vs Bishop’s Stortford
Havant & Waterlooville vs Boreham Wood
Hayes & Yeading United vs Basingstoke Town
Staines Town vs Tonbridge Angels
Weston-Super-Mare vs Dover Athletic
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