Spencer Day’s Farnborough side return to Vanarama Conference South action this Saturday as they travel to 3rd placed Ebbsfleet United.
Farnborough head into Saturday’s game at The PHB Stadium in 17th place with 13 points from 14 games, despite having two games in hand on some other teams in the League.
Back-to-back away Friendly wins over Dulwich Hamlet and Horley Town will give Farnborough some confidence going into the three-day long weekend, having accumulated eight goals in two games.
On Friday evening, Farnborough confirmed the additions of Aaron Dawson on loan from Exeter City as well as the loan signings of Charlie Grainger and Dillon Barnes from Leyton Orient and Fulham respectively.
Day will be without defender Adam Brice who will sit out Farnborough’s back-to-back away games at Ebbsfleet and St Albans after picking up a head injury in a recent 6-1 Friendly win at Horley Town.
Speaking to the News & Mail this week, Manager Spencer Day said: “Even though we haven’t played competitively it’s been a long few weeks.
“We could have as many as six new faces starting against a high-quality side in Ebbsfleet on Saturday so that’s why we’ve arranged friendlies at places like Leatherhead, Dulwich and Horley Town to get the players to know one another. It’s like a mini pre-season for us.
“It was an excellent workout for us on Sunday against a Dulwich side packed with Conference South players and higher. It gave us a chance to look at a few things and I was delighted with the way the new lads seemed to settle in.
“With the weather turning and the pitches getting heavier, it’s going to be a real fist fight now and we’ve got to be prepared, starting with two very tough away games in 48 hours. This is where you find out about your players.”
Farnborough from: Charlie Grainger (gk), Dillon Barnes (gk), David Banjo, Amadeu Arnau, Michael Richens, Lloyd Foot, Darryl Siaw, Ollie Treacher, Courtney Fearn, Dan Pearse, Mario Quiassaca, Aaron Dawson, Harry Grant, Phil Page, Dan Bennett, Fejiri Okenabirhie and Louie Theophanous.
Squad correct as of 21:25 on 14/11/2014
Stevenage loanee Fejri Okenabirhie has netted 5 times over two games
Steve Brown’s 3rd placed Ebbsfleet United side come into Saturday’s Vanarama Conference South clash having drawn their last League fixture 0-0 at home to Bath City.
The Fleet may be without goalkeeper Brandon Hall (thigh) and striker Billy Bricknell (ankle) as well as full-back Chris Sessegnon who has been ill this week.
Ahead of the game, Fleet boss Steve Brown told Kent Online, “Something’s going around, a real negative swell. I refuse to go on social media and I don’t read papers but it’s the only issue people want to speak to me about.
“It’s almost like we’re in the bottom-three and we’ve lost seven out of eight, not one out of eight (in the league). Everyone’s speaking to me like my job’s on the line.
“We’re going through a run of bad form but we’re third in the league. Maybe there is a confidence issue at home. The first goal is proving pivotal in terms of settling the nerves.
Brown added, “We’ve discussed those things and we’re trying to tell the players that they’ve got the ability. If they believe in themselves and if they work hard, it will naturally happen. But you can’t get away from the fact that we’ve drawn two and lost two of our last four at home.”
Ebbsfleet United from: Preston Edwards (gk), Brandon Hall (gk), Anthony Acheampong, Kenny Clark, Joe Howe, Shane Huke, Aiden Palmer, Anthony Cook, Michael Corcoran, Matt Johnson, Daryl McMahon (Capt), Dean Rance, Chris Sessegnon, Michael West, Billy Bricknell, Matthew Godden, Ben May and Charlie Sherringham.
Farnborough will be looking to take advantage of the hosts disappointing recent form
Date: Saturday 15th November 2014
Competition: Vanarama Conference South League Fixture
Venue: Ebbsfleet United Football Club, The PHB Stadium, Stonebridge Road, Northfleet, Kent, DA11 9GN.
Kick off at The PHB Stadium is at 3pm and admission prices are:
- Adult (17 to 59) – £10
- Concession (senior citizens (60 and over & Under 17’s) – £8
- Students (on presentation of valid student ID) – £8
- 12-16 year-olds – £5
- Under 12’s – FREE (Must be accompanied by a paying adult)
FaST will be running a Supporters Coach to the game and it’s not too late to book a seat – find out how to book here.
Read Ebbsfleet United’s guide to visiting The PHB Stadium here.
Don’t forget to head back to www.farnboroughfc.co.uk on Saturday evening to vote for your Farnborough Man of the Match against Ebbsfleet United here.
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