This Saturday it’s the battle of the Borough’s as Farnborough welcome Gosport Borough to Paddy Power Park in the Vanarama Conference South after a two week long break.

Farnborough head into Saturday’s game with Gosport Borough in 17th place with 13 points and three points could see them rise one place to 16th. Despite a disappointing past few weeks on the pitch, Farnborough ended October with a 5-2 win at Leatherhead in a Friendly on Tuesday, with new signings Louie Theophanous and Lloyd Foot (2) getting on the scoresheet along with Dan Bennett and new Captain Phil Page.

Speaking to the News & Mail this week, Manager Spencer Day said: “It’s been an absolutely manic last few weeks. Finally, though, we’ve got many of these deals over the line and I’m absolutely delighted with the purchases we have made without going one penny over the budget that we set at the start of the season.

“Louie Theophanous is a fantastic signing for the club. He’s pacey, strong, exciting to watch and probably the most proven goalscorer in Conference South for the last few seasons. We had to be very patient to get the deal done but we’ve been rewarded for that patience and he can’t wait to get going and excite the Farnborough fans.

“Equally, I’m delighted to bring in Harry Grant and Lloyd Foot. Harry is a high-quality, exciting centre midfield player who has impressed me whenever I’ve seen him and Lloyd is a 6ft 3in defender, who lives locally and has been a target of mine for a long time.

“Obviously it’s disappointing to have to let a few players go, in particular Alfie May, who I really believe can make it, but they are the sacrifices we have had to make and I wish them all the best.”

Loanee Jamie Slabber will play his last game in a Boro’ shirt before he returns to parent club Bromley as his loan spell comes to an end.

Farnborough from: Ashley West (gk), Lloyd Foot, Darryl Siaw, Adam Brice, Ollie Treacher, Courtney Fearn, Mario Quiassaca, Harry Grant, Phil Page, Dan Bennett, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Jamie Slabber and Louie Theophanous.

Squad correct as of 14:38 on 31/10/2014

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New signing Louie Theophanous got off the mark in a Friendly win on Tuesday

Alex Pike’s 14th placed Gosport Borough side come into the game having drawn and won their only two League fixture in October. At the start of the month, Gosport comfortably cruised past Hemel Hempstead Town 4-0 at Privett Park, but most recently, they drew 1-1 at home to Eastbourne Borough.

Gosport hit the headlines this week for making it into the FA Cup First Round Proper and were drawn at home to Sky Bet League One side Colchester United.

Reacting to the draw, an excited Borough boss Alex Pike said: “The cameras are always looking for a banana skin, hopefully we will provide that. After getting there for the first time in our seventy-year history everyone was hoping for a League team and we’re quite lucky to get Colchester.

“It’s important for our fans, we’ve had three away ties so it’s nice to be at home; that will bring its own headaches. Our capacity [at Privett Park] is 3,500 so we’d like to get to get it up to 6,000. That means lots of planning for temporary stands, safety certificates; but it’s a lovely headache to have.

He added: “It will be extremely difficult, but I have a bunch of players that I trust and admire and they will be relishing the challenge.”

Gosport Borough from: Nathan Ashmore (gk), Andy Forbes, Rory Williams, Mike Carter, Brett Poate, Sam Pearce (Capt), Steve Ramsey, Danny Smith, Matt Paterson, Justin Bennett, Dan Wooden, Adam Wilde, Tom Dunford, Lee Wort, Robbie Matthew, Paco Saez, Ashley Harris, Lee Molyneaux and Byron Mason.

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Gosport won 3-1 at Willand Rovers in the FA Cup last weekend to make it into the 1st round

Match Officials: Saturday’s Referee is Ian Cooper (Rochester) and his assistants are Simon Finnigan (Maidstone) and Karl May (Gillingham).

Date: Saturday 1st November 2014

Competition: Vanarama Conference South League Fixture

Venue: Farnborough FC, Paddy Power Park, Cherrywood Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 8UD.

Kick off at Paddy Power Park is at 3pm and admission prices are:

  • Adults £12
  • Concession (Over 60 or disabled) £8
  • Under 16s £3
  • Under 6s FREE.

We are also pleased to welcome the Boys & Girls from Faith & Football as guests at Paddy Power Park this Saturday and they will take part in a Crossbar Challenge on the pitch at half time.

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