The FA Trophy returns this Saturday as Spencer Day takes his confident Farnborough side to Sholing in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the competition.
Fresh from two back-to-back wins in the League over St Albans City and Hayes & Yeading United last week, Farnborough head into Saturday’s game at The Silverlake Arena with plenty of confidence and goals flowing throughout the team.
On Thursday, Farnborough confirmed the additions of prolific goalscorer Duncan Culley from Bromley as well as the loan signing of Freddie Grant – yonnger brother of Harry – from Oxford United.
However, Day will be without Woking loanee Reece Beckles who is unavailable to feature in the FA Trophy.
Speaking to the News & Mail this week, Manager Spencer Day spoke about his two latest signings: “They [Duncan Culley and Freddie Grant] are two excellent additions for us. Duncan was one of my top targets of the summer but for some reason it just hasn’t happened until now. He’s been a bit frustrated at Bromley and just wants a run of games, but he also knows it’s not going to be easy getting into this side.
Day continued: “Freddie is very talented young man who is highly rated at Oxford and is really keen to come and play alongside Harry. He’s only 17, though, and it would be wrong to expect miracles off someone so young so we’ll manage him correctly and bed him in slowly.”
A cautious Day also spoke about Saturday’s FA Trophy tie: “It’s a massive game for us and although it’s a game we should win, we can’t go into it over-confident. Sholing are a side full of very experienced, very physical, players, with an excellent cup history so it’s not going to be easy at all.
“It’s a massive game for us and although it’s a game we should win, we can’t go into it over-confident. Sholing are a side full of very experienced, very physical, players, with an excellent cup history so it’s not going to be easy at all.”
Farnborough from: Charlie Grainger (gk), Dillon Barnes (gk), Amadeu Arnau, Adam Brice, Lloyd Foot, Darryl Siaw, Freddie Grant, Ollie Treacher, Courtney Fearn, Dan Pearse, Aaron Dawson, Michael Richens, Harry Grant, Phil Page, Dan Bennett, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Duncan Culley and Louie Theophanous.
Squad correct as of date and time the article was published.
Sholing are managed by Dave Diaper and last years FA Vase winners currently compete in the Evo-Stik Division One South & West after winning the Wessex League Premier Division title.
Goals from top scorer Nick Watts and Mike Byrne helped Sholing to overcome Mangotsfield Town 2-1 at The Silverlake Arena last time out.
The Boatmen set up the clash with Farnborough after they overcame Dereham Town 2-0 at Aldiss Park in the FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round, having previously dispatched Bashley and Tiverton Town from the competition.
“Farnborough are no strangers to the Silverlake and came here in February and beat us 4-2 in the Russell Cotes Cup quarter-final. There are only five Sholing players on show this weekend that featured that night. With the other players either moving on to Gosport or retiring at the top with our win at Wembley.”
“One of the most memorable matches between the clubs was back in 2011 when we travelled to Farnborough and beat them 3-1 in the Hampshire Senior Cup semi-final. We caught them cold on the night and thoroughly deserved the win.”
However, Diaper has injury concerns and says half a dozen of his squad will be missing from this weekend’s game. And after their performance in the last round against Dereham Town, he believes his team are capable of causing an upset.
“We come into the game in good form with four wins from the last five games. But it will be a real test for us against a side that are two levels above us. I have never known a season that we have suffered more injuries than this one. We currently have six first team players who are missing from the squad.
“This obviously weakens us but the players have given their all in every game. No more so than the two trips to Dereham Town in the previous round where we showed great character and desire to stay in this competition. There has been cup upsets before and I am sure Spencer [Day] will be telling his players not to underestimate us.
“If they play to their best and we play to our best, they will win the game. But nothing is ever as easy as that, is it?”
Diaper was speaking to www.sholingfc.co.uk.
Sholing from: Matt Brown (gk), Kevin Brewster, Jude Nwachukwu, TJ Cuthbertson, Mike Byrne, Alex Sawyer, Barry Mason (Capt), Jack Smith, Dan Mason, Alex Baldacchino, Nick Watts, Sam Wilson, Lewis Fear, Taurean Manders and Jordan Brookes.
Top scorer Nick Watts bagged his ninth goal of the season last weekend
Winning club receives £4,000 from The FA Prize Fund.
Date: Saturday 29th November 2014
Competition: Vanarama Conference South League Fixture
Venue: Sholing Football Club, Silverlake Arena, VT Sportsground, Portsmouth Road, Southampton, SO19 9PW.
Kick off at The Silverlake Arena is at 3pm and admission prices are:
- Adults £8
- Concessions (Over 65′s, Students) £5
- U16′s £2
- U12′s (when accompanied by a Paying Adult) FREE.
If it’s wet and boggy, there is hardstanding parking available 100 yards down the road at “Veals” cash & carry (just before the Vauxhall Garage).
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.
Don’t forget to head back to www.farnboroughfc.co.uk on Saturday evening to vote for your Farnborough Man of the Match against Sholing here.
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