This Saturday ‘Boro are set to entertain bottom of the League, Dorchester Town in the Relegation battle for Conference South survival. (Skrill South League Fixture – Kick off 3pm)
- Please keep a close eye on the Official website, our Social Media sites and the Fans Forum for any latest updates concerning the game taking place.
- Don’t forget – Live Football will be screened in the Club Bar from 12:45pm and A Club Shop Sale continues in the Club Shop tomorrow, with most items reduced to clear.
Despite all over the postponements over the last two months, ‘Boro lie just two points above the Skrill South relegation zone in 17th place and a ‘Boro win could lift them one place up to 16th.
Without a win since 22nd November and new signings imminent, please get behind ‘Boro as Your Club face significant back-to-back relegation clashes against Tonbridge Angels and Bishop’s Stortford this week.
Ahead of the game, ‘Boro boss Spencer Day told gethampshire:
“It’s been a difficult period, I’m having to manage the situation carefully because we cannot afford to sign players on the kind of wages we are talking about and risk them sitting on the sidelines. We have released six players this last month to free up funds in the budget but this weather has hit the club hard in terms of revenue and we just cannot afford to get this wrong.
“I’ve been on weather websites more than I have football ones these last couple of weeks, but it’s a necessity because we need to make the very most of the money we have. It’s been a case of playing a game of chess with the weather and timing the arrival of the new players in order to get the most we can from them. Bringing them in to play one or two games on money we haven’t got just isn’t an option.
“Already, we are looking very carefully at the possibility of Saturday being off, and possibly Tuesday night also.
“On a positive note though, it’s a mid-season break which everyone has been clambering about for years and it’s probably come at a good time for us football-wise. We haven’t been on a good run so it’s given us a chance to reflect, bring in a few new, fresh faces and go at it hard for the second half of the season.”
Of their 10 away trips so far this season, The Magpies have won twice; drawn once and lost 7, but find themselves rock bottom in 22nd place and 7 points from safety.
This is the first of two times the side’s will clash this season, with the original game from 21st December, postponed due to the adverse weather conditions. The return fixture at The Avenue Stadium is scheduled to take place on Saturday 12th April.
The Magpies will be without Clive Makoni and Steve Walker who sit out through suspension, while Harry Bell and Bournemouth loanee Jake McCarthy remain sidelined with ankle injuries.
Desperate for the weather gods to show some mercy this weekend, frustrated Manager Phil Simkin told Dorset Echo:
“We’ve got these loans running out without players playing games and there are going to be so many games in a short space of time that with the squad the size of ours it’s going to be difficult.
“The season from hell goes on. Nathan Walker hasn’t kicked a ball yet.
“What can we do? We can’t do anything about the weather. We just have to deal with it like we’ve dealt with everything else this season.
“Players need to play games, they can only train so much. You do lose sharpness when you don’t play and that’s something we certainly can’t afford to do.”
The Magpies Assistant Manager Stuart Heath also told Dorset Echo:
“We’ll get two good training sessions in this week and be fully prepared for what is a really crucial game on Saturday
“We play Farnborough twice between now and the end of the season and we have to make sure we pick up points in both of those.
“We got 15 points in the first half of the season with an unsettled squad and we need 20-25 in the second half with a settled squad, so it’s possible.”
One to watch: Nick Crittenden – 4 goals
The Bar will be open from noon and Live Football will be shown in the Bar from 12:45pm; even if ‘Boro’s match is postponed.
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 1st February 2014 (All kick off at 3pm)
Basingstoke Town vs Concord Rangers
Bath City vs Bishop’s Stortford
(Dorchester Town P-P Havant & Waterlooville – Postponed due to Havant & Waterlooville’s continued involvement in the FA Trophy.)
Dover Athletic vs Chelmsford City
Ebbsfleet United vs Weston-Super-Mare
Farnborough vs Dorchester Town
Maidenhead United vs Eastbourne Borough
Staines Town vs Bromley
Sutton United vs Boreham Wood
Tonbridge Angels vs Hayes & Yeading United
Whitehawk vs Eastleigh
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