The business end of the Skrill South season is very much upon us and Farnborough’s pursuit of securing League safety continues on Tuesday (25 February) when ‘Boro visit the Kingfield Stadium to take on a fresh Hayes & Yeading United. (Skrill South League Fixture – Kick off 7.45pm)
‘Boro lie 15th in the Skrill South with 30 points but will be keen to improve on that total with a victory over Hayes & Yeading and try to extend the five point gap to 20th placed Tonbridge Angels.
Following back-to-back defeats, ‘Boro will be determined for a response and Spencer Day will know that a first away victory since October will draw his men away from the relegation mix.
An all important win for ‘Boro could see them rise as high as 12th, depending on how other mid-week results go.
Former Cardinals pairing, Adam Doyle and Alan Inns return to Kingfield, where they won the Conference South with Woking in the 2012/13 season.
Ahead of Tuesday’s game, Boro boss Spencer Day was optimistic but acknowledged that Kingfield will be a tough place to come away from with a result, telling BBC Surrey:
“Of course we hope [we can put some light between ourselves and the relegation zone]. Very, very difficult place to go Hayes. [They have] just signed a wealth of quality players in the last month or so. They haven’t played much but they’ve been playing full-size training games on a 3G – that’s the benefit to a club that has one of those.
“They beat us here fair and square, we know it will be a very difficult game for us. Our away form isn’t great and we’ve got this period here of playing the top four sides in the next five games as such. We narrowly came up just short against Eastleigh where I thought we deserved a point but very difficult games – we’ve got this really difficult clutch of games – Hayes coming up, followed by the next top three in the League in Sutton, Ebbsfleet and Bromley – so massively difficult period, especially when we’ve really struggled with the weather. But its things we can look forward to. Tough games but we’ll try and upset the odds again”
Currently hovering just three points outside the relegation zone, one place below ‘Boro in 16th albeit with three games in hand on Tuesday’s opposition, Hayes & Yeading will be hoping that a victory over the Yellows will relieve some of the unwanted and unexpected pressure on them.
Of their 9 home fixtures so far this season, Hayes & Yeading have won 2; drawn 0 and lost 7, meaning they currently have the worst home record in the division. A win for Hayes & Yeading would see them leapfrog ‘Boro and could see them climb up to 14th position.
Hayes & Yeading are one of only five teams to have inflicted defeat on ‘Boro on home turf this season, having edged the reverse fixture 2-1 back in October, and will be hoping to complete a league double over the Yellows.
Ex Boro loanie and fans favourite, Dean Inman is expected to skipper the Hayes & Yeading side on Tuesday. Inman, 22, signed for Hayes & Yeading in the summer after spending six seasons at Hampton & Richmond’s Beveree Stadium and has been ever present at the heart of the Hayes’ defence this season.
On the player movements front, midfielder Matty Harriott returned to Hayes & Yeading on a loan deal from Northampton Town for the remainder of the season. The 21-year-old spent time at Kingfield earlier in the campaign but was recalled by the Cobblers over the festive period. While forward Daniel Wishart’s loan spell has ended and subsequently returned to parent club Alfreton Town, before being loaned out to Isthmian League Premier Division side Margate.
Ones to watch: Kamaron English/Geoff Mitchell – 4 goals
The last time the two sides met was in the League, back in October, when Hayes & Yeading, who had an 100% away record, inflicted Boro’s first defeat of the season, losing 2-1 with Josh Huggins the Boro scorer.
Hayes & Yeading United’s home fixtures for season 2013/14 are currently being played at Woking FC’s Kingfield Stadium.
Stadium Address: Kingfield Stadium, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9AA.
Kick off at Kingfield is at 7.45pm and Admission Prices are:
- Adult – £12
- Senior Citizens – £8
- Students (Age 16-22) – £8 (with valid Student ID)
- Under 16’s – £2
2013/2014 Offer: As last season, holders of an Adult season ticket for a Barclays Premier League, Football League or other Conference club (the days opponents excepted) can get into any home Hayes & Yeading United Conference South fixture for the concession price of £8.00 (a saving of £4.00 on the day).
- Match Day Programme – £2.50
A FaST Supporters Coach will not run as the demand for seats is too low.
By Car – The ground is situated on the A247, opposite the entrance to Woking Park, midway between the town centre and Old Woking. Leave the M25 at either junctions 10 (Wisley) or 11 (Chertsey) and follow the signs towards Woking. When nearing the town centre follow the brown signs showing Heathside car park. The ground is about 15 minutes’ walk from the car park. Come out of the car park and follow the signs for Woking FC (the first route described below for rail travellers). Travelling supporters are requested to use Heathside car park as there are no parking areas around Kingfield Stadium. It has been brought to our notice that cars parking in Westfield Avenue have been subjected to parking tickets, this also applies to cars parking on the grass verge near the ground. It is therefore suggested that you try to park elsewhere to avoid this happening to you.
Skrill South Fixtures – Tuesday 25th February 2014 (All kick off at 7.45pm)
Bishop’s Stortford vs Weston-Super-Mare
Concord Rangers vs Staines Town
Eastleigh vs Maidenhead United
Gosport Borough vs Eastbourne Borough
Hayes & Yeading United vs Farnborough
Tonbridge Angels vs Dover Athletic
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