There’s a Hampshire Derby at the Soccer AM Stadium this Easter Monday as Farnborough travel to 3rd placed Basingstoke Town in the Vanarama Conference South.
Last time out, Farnborough lost 4-1 to mid-table Wealdstone on home soil, with striker Jamie White netting the home sides consolation goal.
The last time Farnborough met Basingstoke Town was back in August last year when Spencer Day’s side made a late comeback to come from behind to win 2-1, courtesy of goals from Dan Bennett and Phil Page.
Midfielder Harry Grant sits out the final game of his two match ban which was received for accumulating ten bookings this season.
Strikers Derek Tieku and Ferdinand Takyi are expected to be available after returning and being names as substitutes in Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat to Wealdstone.
Speaking to Jon Couch after Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat to Wealdstone, Manager Spencer Day said: “I’m proud of the effort we put in, particularly in the second half. When things go against you they go against you.
“We started appallingly bad. We just don’t have the belief to even start getting the quality to get ourselves out of that. Call it excuses but we’ve got people that weren’t very well today – we’ve got a bug that gone in the dressing room hence why you’ll see us taking senior players off. We didn’t play well but we continued to try and work hard but the third goal kills us.
“When things aren’t going your way; you don’t get free kicks on goalkeepers that you get every other week. It wasn’t as bad as other weeks but we know where we are. It’s not about today, it’s about the season – it’s been a very poor season.
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up quickly again. There’s a few people that have put themselves in contention [for the next game]. We’ve got to see how people are feeling and just keep going. We’re not down yet.
“We’ve dropped one point today but it’s really irrelevant what other teams are doing. We’ve got to start winning and that comes from belief and too many peoples heads go, which is slightly understandable when we’re so young.
“It’s hard to take because last week we were superb at Bishop’s Stortford and it’s really frustrating when we can be that good last week and this poor for seven minutes, but when we conceed two early goals like that the game’s over before it’s even started really.
“We played quite well with ten men to be honest. We’ve scored one. We’ve passed the ball much better but it’s very hard to take.
“It is what it is. The season is a poor one. We worked hard, we tried hard. I thought the young subs who came on put [in] a shift. 10 against 11. It wasn’t really a 4-1 game but they [Wealdstone] were clinical up top.
“We’ve just got to move on, we’ve got to move on to the next game. We’ve got to keep believing. We’ve got four games left and we’ve just got to move onto the next game and see what happens.
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up very quickly, and it’s not easy. It keeps happening. We’ve got to go to Basingstoke, who are going for the title and won again today, and pick these yougsters up and go again
“We’ve got to go again, there’s no point putting our heads in the sand. There are lots of positive things happening at this football club that will hopefully impact on the team as time goes on. I desperately want to win games. It’s very very painful. We’ve got to pick ourselves up and go again until it’s mathematically impossible.
“It’s one point further down. Stranger things have happened. We’ve got four games to go. The lads are trying hard.
On the short trip to 3rd placed Basingstoke Town, Day added: “A local derby. Lets go to Basingstoke, that are fighting for different target. They are massive favourites but we’ve got a good group in there who are trying, it’s not due to a lack of effort – they really try to work hard but individual errors have totally killed us today [against Wealdstone].
Managed by Jason Bristow, hosts Basingstoke Town head into Saturday’s clash in 3rd place with 66 points from 36 games, scoring 61 and conceding 39 goals so far this season.
On Saturday, The Dragons’ claimed their 20th win of the season with a 1-0 victory at Hayes & Yeading United, in a game that saw the visitors finish the game with nine men. Shaun McAuley and Liam Enver-Marum were sent off in the second half for two off-the-ball incidents.
Top scorer with 12 goals, Chris Flood, bagged Basingstoke Town’s winner from the penalty spot in the 85th minute.
Speaking to www.basingstoketown.net ahead of Easter Monday’s game, Stoke Manager Jason Bristow said: “It [Farnborough’s 2-1 victory over Basingstoke Town earlier in the season] is a game we should never have lost.
“We should have been seven or eight goals up and that was being kind before they got first goal in the 89th minute and we conceded again in injury time.
Bristow added: “Farnborough have had a huge turnover of players. It has been very hard for them to have the consistency they probably want. But it is a local derby, bragging rights and they will be fighting for their lives.”
Basingstoke Town from: Stuart Moore (gk), Nathan Smart, Tom Bird, Robert Dickie, Jay Gasson, David Ray, Louie Soares, Shaun McAuley, Liam Enver-Marum, Lloyd Macklin, James Harper, Chris Flood, Manny Williams, Andrew Jenkinson, Simon Dunn and Ryan Case.
Match Officials: Monday’s Referee is Savvas Yianni (Weston-Super-Mare) and his Assistants are Lucy May (Portsmouth) and Richard Morris (Bristol).
Date: Monday 6 April 2015
Competition: Vanarama Conference South League Fixture
Venue: Basingstoke Town Fooball Club, Soccer AM Stadium, Western Way, Basingstoke, RG22 6EZ.
Kick off at the Soccer AM Stadium is at 3pm and admission prices are:
- Adults £12
- Concessions £8
- Under 16s £2
- Transfer to Main Stand (Seating) £1
Directions to the Soccer AM Stadium
Please Note: FaST will NOT be running a Supporters Coach to the game.
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