Farnborough’s final game of 2014 sees Steve King’s 3rd placed Whitehawk side the visitors to Paddy Power Park in the Vanarama Conference South.

Spencer Day’s side return to Vanarama Conference South action this Sunday, having had no fixture on Boxing Day due to the departure from the Football Conference of Salisbury City.

The Yellows head into the game in 19th place, having drawn their last League fixture 1-1 at home to Maidenhead United a week ago. Louie Theophanous had a late penalty saved in a game which also saw Boro’ hit the woodwork numerous times.

Farnborough were boosted with loan signings of defensive duo Josue Antonio and Matt Jones from Swindon Town, who are both expected to go straight into Sunday’s squad.

Speaking after the 1-1 home draw last time out, Farnborough boss Spencer Day said: “Whitehawk’s a very difficult game, they’ve got one of the very best away records in the League. They’ll love this pitch, we’re very pleased with how the pitch is developing.

“It’s a very difficult game, Whitehawk – they’re full of Football League players and it’ll be a very difficult game. We managed to pinch a point at their place earlier in the season.

“Hopefully a bit attendance will turn up just after Christmas and if we play like we did today we’ve got a chance. Over the last eight weeks, the change in the performances and the wins has been dramatic.

“We’ve had one bad four day period, and really that was only the Concord [Rangers] game where we were very poor indeed but certainly at Weston-Super-Mare in League we deserved a lot more.

“But it’s a very big change around that we’ve had and we’re very positive with it and it’s just those small margins – the penalty that doesn’t go in, the ball that hits the post, and we’re delighted that we’re creating a lot of chances. Defensively I thought we were a lot better again, as we were at Weston[-Super-Mare] last week, and as we’ve been generally with the exception of Concord [Rangers] where we were awful.

“So lots to encourage us, we’ve got a point [against Maidenhead United] and we deserved all three, we didn’t get them and we’ll look forward to the next game. We look forward to very difficult game and welcoming Steve King back here next Sunday.”

Striker Reece Beckles has returned to his parent Club Woking after his loan expired – the Club would also like to thank Reece for his contribution to the team and wish him good luck for the future.

Steve King’s 3rd placed Whitehawk side make the journey to Hampshire on Sunday, having already ran out 2-0 winners over Eastbourne Borough two days before.

A first half opener from current top scorer Jake Robinson gave The Hawks the lead, and Sam Deeering converted a 89th minute penalty to wrap up the three points, infront of an attendance of 301.

Speaking to BBC Sussex after his sides 2-0 home victory over Eastbourne Borough, the former Farnborough boss said: “Tough game, tough conditions, I mean look at it. The weather is horrendous -the rain, the wind.

“Players can play in the rain but in the wind it just spoils the game doesn’t it? But I think we’ve done more than enough to win the game, thoroughly deserved another clean sheet.

“We missed a lot of chances but credit to the boys – that’s 17 points out of 19 or something like that, and  6 wins, 2 draws out of our last 8 games – we just keep on going. Clean sheets are important, we can just play and keep going and beat what’s infront of us and keep going.

“They’ve [Eastbourne Borough] got players that our dangerous, they’ve scored a decent amount of goals themselves – I think they scored the same amount of goals as us, up until today.

We have full-backs that like to get on as well. Magnificent bit of skill from my right-back, Nick Arnold, to win the penalty, but that’s what we coach – to get the full-backs out as much as we can, so we’re happy with that.

“We needed that other goal, because anybody’s got a chance – they could put one in the box; the wind could take it in or anything could happen. So I just felt 2-0, we deserved a bit more than that but we’ll take that. We’ll take winning any way at the moment; just keep the run going.”

Whitehawk from: Craig Ross (gk), Nick Arnold, Pa Saikou Kujabi, David Ijaha, Osei Sankofa, Tom Cadmore, Sam Deering, Sergio Torres, Jake Robinson, Danny Mills, John Paul Kissock, Sam Gargan, Gerardo Bruna, Sylvestre Guyonnet, Ahmed Abdulla, Michael Malcolm and Lee Hills.

Match Officials: Sunday’s Referee is Neil Hair and his assistants are Daniel Hanna and Richard Hart.

Date: Sunday 28th December 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.

Don’t forget:

Don’t forget to head back to www.farnboroughfc.co.uk on Saturday evening to vote for your Farnborough Man of the Match against Whitehawk here.

Enjoy the game!

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