This Tuesday, Paddy Power Park plays host to an intriguing encounter between a patched up Boro side, and highly tipped for promotion, Ebbsfleet United. (Skrill South League Fixture – Kick off 7.45pm)
Misfiring ‘Boro will be determined to halt a poor run of form that has seen just one win from the last eleven fixtures. A much needed win for ‘Boro could see them rise as high as 15th place, depending on the outcome of 14th placed Boreham Wood’s fixture against Havant & Waterlooville on Monday evening.
‘Boro will again be without influential midfielder Steve Laidler, who serves the second of his two match ban after accumulating 10 bookings. Goalkeeper Kevin Scriven remains a doubt for Boro, but is still making a slow recovery from Injury. Defender, Adam Doyle returns and will be available for selection after completing a three match ban.
Ahead of the game, Boro boss Spencer Day spoke to BBC Surrey:
“Obviously they’ve got a top budget, great new owners, (we are) very jealous and rightly so, good luck to them. They’re on a fantastic run in the league, and we are bare bones and scraping around for players, we showed a lot of effort and desire and hunger, first half out against Staines, and we are going to have to show that on a quick turnaround against one of the very top sides in the division. It’s a Tuesday night game, we need to get the supporters down, get behind us, and I said the good thing about football; the games come thick and fast, we are in a rut there is no doubt about it. I’ve got to make changes; trying to make changes with no money is almost impossible, but we’re on it, were working hard, it’s almost 24 hours a day and we’ll look forward to the game. It’s David (versus) Goliath battle of the finances I suppose, we’ve just got to hope for the same result; and David does Goliath.
“We’ve always got half a chance, we’ve got to be positive, we’ve got to get everybody up. It’s tough when you’ve not got money – we don’t have the support at the moment, off the pitch we’ve got some fantastic people at the club, but it’s really tough when you’re begging and trying to take players consistently, young players, players from lower level, and we’ve done it before and I’m sure we’ll do it again. We need people to get behind us, there were positives but the best way we can get people going again is to pick up a couple of results. It’s a tough match but we’ll be right up for it and as I said, it’s eleven against eleven and fingers crossed we can get something from the game.”
The Fleet, who currently occupy 4th place on goal difference, have won 3; drawn 3 and only lost twice from their 8 outings so far this season, but trail runaway leaders Bromley by a whopping 19 points.
Ebbsfleet added to their already impressive squad last Friday (3rd Jan), by securing the signing of former midfielder Michael West, 22, from Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer.
Speaking after their narrow 1-0 FA Trophy Third Round loss at Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday, Fleet boss Steve Brown told ebbsfleetunited.co.uk:
“I’m absolutely devastated we haven’t gone through today and so are the players. In the dressing room, we’re deflated. But what I have to do, as much as we are disappointed – and we are, it was a great opportunity to progress in this competition – we’ve got Farnborough on Tuesday and we have to go again. So we have to shelve this one and move on very, very quickly.
“As much as you’re full of confidence in a good run, confidence does get knocked when you have a couple of back-to-back results that don’t go your way. We’ve lost to good sides. The run we’ve had over Christmas – Sutton, Bromley, Dover, Bromley and Havant here who are very competitive on their home ground – it’s no disgrace. We’re not losing to sides in the bottom half of the table; we’re losing to sides that are in and around us, something we’ve got to address quickly. We’ve got to get back to a winning run as soon as we can.”
One to watch: Billy Bricknell – 8 goals
The Bar will be open from 5pm.
Turnstiles open at 6pm 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.
- Car Park – £2
- Boro View (Match Day Programme) – £2
Skrill South Fixtures – Tuesday 14th January 2014 (All kick off at 7.45pm)
Basingstoke Town vs Whitehawk
Eastleigh vs Dover Athletic
Farnborough vs Ebbsfleet United
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