A patched up Farnborough side make the journey to the League’s basement team on Saturday (12 April) to face a Dorchester side who haven’t won in 10. (Skrill South League Fixture – Kick off 3.07pm)
- The fixture will kick off at 3.07pm to allow for a tribute remembering the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
Boro’s improved performances on the road was followed by a mesmerising 4-2 win over Bishop’s Stortford last time out, so another three points remains the target for Boro to consolidate a respectable mid-table position.
Speaking after the 4-2 home victory over Bishop’s Stortford on Tuesday, Spencer Day said: “They have has some very good results – I think they’re right down with us in the budget stakes; they’ve got a very young team like we have. We’ll be going without [Adam] Doyle, without [Alan] Inns who’s suspended, we’re going to be incredibly young, no doubt about that – possibly the youngest side we’re ever going to put out but we’ll take a lot of belief.
“We’re hoping that JJ Hooper might be in contention, there’s a possibility that Darryl Siaw might be in contention, Harry Lee’s probably another week but you never know, he’s young – that’s the advantage of having the youngsters; they do heal slightly quicker.
“A difficult game, they are fighting for their lives and they’ve had some very good results recently, they really have had some cracking results, they work very hard for the manager and it will be a big ask again with a lot of travelling to do. We’ve got the be focused, as we were tonight [vs Bishop’s Stortford] and hopefully we can go and get another three points.
“They’re right at the rock bottom at the budget like we are and that’s what happens. They’ve had some good results at home and I think Phil [Simkin] has done a great job, I’m afraid it very much is the have and have not’s in this division financially.
“We know it will be a very tough ask but our away form in the last four to six weeks I think generally has been excellent, even when we’ve lost like we did on Saturday [at Weston-Super-Mare] – I thought that was undeserved, we didn’t deserve to lose at Gosport either. We’re playing pretty well for such a young side and such a small squad.
“We can go there positive, it’s another long journey, we learn a really harsh lesson on Saturday at Weston, we should have been three or four up at half time but a mistake cost us and we ended up losing the game. Generally [our away form has been] very, very good – another win I’m sure will do it, another point or two probably will. We’ve got four games to go, I’m just delighted we put on a good home performance tonight [vs Bishop’s Stortford] for the fans that turned up so let’s get as many points as we can.”
Captain Alan Inns sits out through suspension (the first match of three), although this could be used as time to recover from the rib injury which he played through on Tuesday evening.
Playing on home turf so far this season, Dorchester have played 18 and of that total, they have won 3, drawn 4 and lost 11, and have only managed 16 goals which is the lowest total in the league. A deflated Dorchester lost 2-0 at Hayes & Yeading last time out on Saturday, making it back-to-back games without scoring a goal, and highlights of that game can be viewed by clicking here.
Ahead of the game, Magpies boss Phil Simkin told the Dorset Echo: “We have got to make sure that we don’t take our foot off the gas and we push hard right to the end. I want us to put on a show for our supporters at home. It’s going to be a difficult two or three weeks for all of us and we’ll need all the help we can get.
“Should things go as expected and we go down then we’ll have to deal with it. It’s happened to better clubs than us and, when you look at it in the cold light of day, it is more important that the club exists rather than what league it is playing in.
“If we go down, we’ll go down fighting, and if we are playing in the Southern Premier next season then we’ll do everything we can to get back. We are already planning for next season. I shall be looking to strengthen the squad considerably in the summer.”
Defender Mark Jermyn returns from suspension for the hosts and there is a chance that top scorer Nick Crittenden will be fit.
Young midfielder Dan Way is set to be included the match-day squad but Jamie Gleeson remains sidelined with a knee problem.
Farnborough ran out 3-2 winners in the reverse fixture earlier this season but the Dorchester side they face this time around are on the brink of relegation to the Southern Premier league.
One to watch: Nick Crittenden– 7 goals
Stadium Address: The Avenue Stadium, Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2RY.
Kick off at The Avenue Stadium is at 3.07pm and Admission Prices are:
- Adult – £12
- Concessions – £8*
- Juniors – £3
* Concession rates apply to Armed Forces Personnel, N.H.S Employees, Emergency Services, Disabled (carers free) and Students on production of valid ID card.
Getting to the Avenue Stadium
By car from the M27
At Junction 1, the M27 becomes the A31. Remain on this road for approximately 25 miles, until Bere Regis roundabout. Here you take the A35 Tolpuddle Bypass to Dorchester. After the dual carriageway section of the bypass, you will come to Kingston Maurward roundabout. Continue across the roundabout along the A35. Turn right at the next roundabout and right again into the Tesco complex. At the roundabout inside the complex, turn right again past the entrance to the petrol station and take the left hand fork to the stadium parking area. Terrace entrances are situated adjacent to this, whilst the bar and stand entrances are on the opposite side of the ground.
By car From the M5
Take Junction 23, and then the A39 towards Glastonbury. At Street, take the B3151 through Somerton to Ilchester and then the A37 into Yeovil. Continue on through Yeovil on the A37, following signs for Dorchester. On the approach to Dorchester, follow signs for Park and Ride, turning right onto the bypass. At the next roundabout take the second exit and continue to the next roundabout. The ground is in front of you at this roundabout. To get to the car park, turn left and then right into the Tesco complex. At the roundabout inside the complex, turn right again past the entrance to the petrol station and take the left hand fork to the stadium parking area. Terrace entrances are situated adjacent to this, whilst the bar and stand entrances are on the opposite side of the ground.
From Dorchester South railway station
Dorchester South station serves trains travelling between London Waterloo and Weymouth. Alight from the train at Dorchester South station, and exit the platform through the ticket office. Follow the station approach road to the end (next to the Station Public House). Take a left to the traffic lights. At the lights, continue straight across the railway bridge. The ground is about five minutes down the road on your left hand side, just after Tesco. The bar and stand entrances are adjacent to the road, the terrace entrances are on the opposite side of the ground.
From Dorchester West railway station
Dorchester West station serves trains travelling between Bristol Temple Meads and Weymouth. Alight from the train at Dorchester West station, and exit from the platform adjacent to Do-It-All. Walk down the hill to the traffic lights and the junction where Great Western Road, Maumbury Road, Damers Road and Cornwall Road meet. Turn right onto Maumbury Road, and continue with the market area to your left. At the next set of traffic lights turn right across the railway bridge. The ground is about five minutes down the road on the left hand side, just after Tesco. The bar and stand entrances are adjacent to the road, the terrace entrances are on the opposite side of the ground.
No FaST Supporters Coach running to the game due to insufficient bookings.
Skrill South Fixtures – Saturday 12th April 2014 (All kick off at 3.07pm)
Basingstoke Town vs Bishop’s Stortford
Bath City vs Hayes & Yeading United
Boreham Wood vs Whitehawk
Bromley vs Weston-Super-Mare
Chelmsford City vs Eastleigh
Dorchester Town vs Farnborough
Dover Athletic vs Staines Town
Eastbourne Borough vs Gosport Borough
Havant & Waterlooville vs Concord Rangers
Maidenhead United vs Tonbridge Angels
Sutton United vs Ebbsfleet United
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