Sparked by Saturday’s battling draw, Farnborough go in search of three points as they travel to take on 14th placed Bath City in the Vanarama Conference South this Tuesday evening.
On Saturday, Spencer Day’s Farnborough side earned a point in a battling 2-2 home draw with play-off chasing Hemel Hempstead Town.
The Club can confirm that winger Roman Michael-Percil has joined the Club after making his debut coming off the bench at the weekend.
Two potential doubts are midfield duo Michael Richens, who was sent to hospital on Saturday after a nasty clash of heads with Moussa Diarra; and Harry Grant, who was caught badly in an eye by Hemel Hempstead substitute Ryan Newman’s fingers in Saturday’s game.
As voted by you, the supporters, Saturday’s Man of the Match CJ Fearn certainly staked a claim to keep his position with an impressive performance in the heart of midfield.
Saturday’s opening goalscorer Reece Beckles spoke to www.farnboroughfc.co.uk after the game, and the on loan Woking forward is confident that the team can turn their current form around.
The 20-year-old was in a positive mood ahead of Tuesday’s clash, saying: “Very confident. We have good players in our squad so I know we can turn our current form around.”
“It’s gonna be a tough away game but all the games are gonna be tough from now until the end of the season.”
Striker Phil Page rifles home his third goal of the season against Hemel Hempstead on Saturday
Also speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Twerton Park, Manager Spencer Day said: “They’re one of the form sides in the League. They’re a fantastic footballing side there’s no question about it. Adie down there and Archie they really preach the passing game, which I’m fully supportive of.
“Of course, they’ve got a massive game on Saturday against North Ferriby so we’ll be doing our best to help them in that, but in the same breath, we’ll be desperate to get some more points.
“It’s a very difficult game. Again, we’ve got to drive, we won’t have the budget to [afford a] coach, so we’ve got to get the lads together which we’ll do.
“But I think today [Saturday] has just been a massive boost to end that rot, start scoring again and to look dangerous again. I thought Roman [Michael-Percil], when he came on, looked a real threat and [so did] Reece Beckles today.
“You saw when [Phil] Pagey scored the confidence has come flooding back. So, we’re in it, the games around us on Saturday have been pretty much all squad apart except from Staines [who lost 2-1 at home to Wealdstone].
Day added: “It’s a very difficult game at Bath, I’m certainly not going to try and guess their side because I know previously he [the Bath City Manager] has changed players and rested players, but we won’t take that; he may play whole team and we know that will be a very difficult game.
“It’s a long way to go but we’ll go with renewed positivity. We’re desperately trying to bring an extra couple of players in, so that will continue.”
Boss Spencer Day was given food for thought after Saturday’s entertaining 2-2 draw
Lee Howells Bath City side come into Tuesday’s Vanarama Conference South clash sitting in 14th place with 37 points from 26 games.
The Romans’ top scorers are David Pratt with 12 goals, followed by tricky winger Ross Stearn who has netted seven times so far this season.
At the weekend, a Ross Stearn goal couldn’t prevent Bath City going down 3-1 at 6th place Gosport Borough.
Speaking to Bath Chronicle after his sides 3-1 defeat, First Team Coach Lee Howells said: “We have travelled 1,200 miles in a week, we have had two fantastic games against Dover, I have got three players that if they get a booking miss the semi-finals, so I don’t think we were complacent.”
“In the second half we gave the ball away too easily and they got on a bit of a roll. To be honest we did not have enough legs. We couldn’t play Dave Pratt today because he is a booking away from missing the two semi-finals and Andy Watkins had a slight hamstring strain before the match.
Howells continued: “They could sniff that we were a little bit tired, especially in the second half. We just didn’t have enough in our bodies, or minds or legs or whatever to resist. We have put in a massive effort to get this club into the semi-finals of the [FA] Trophy and I am afraid today [against Gosport Borough] was just too big for us.
“But as a club we have got into the semi-final of the Trophy which has been fantastic. Our duty now is on Saturday to put a fresh, strong side together that can battle over two games for a place in a Wembley final.
Howells also warned: “If they don’t give themselves an opportunity all this week to make themselves ready for Saturday a lot of them might not get that chance again. So they have to make sure individually they are 100 per cent fit and raring to go for this semi-final.”
This will be the first meeting between the two sides this season. The return fixture will take place at Paddy Power Park on Saturday 21 March, kick off 3pm.
Bath City from: Jason Mellor (gk), Sekani Simpson, Andy Gallinagh, Phil Walsh, Dan Ball, Ashley Kington, Andy Watkins, Ben Adelsbury, Ross Stearn, Naby Diallo, Frankie Artus, Chas Hemmings, Chris Allen, Pat Keary, Jim Rollo and Nick McCootie.
Match Officials: Tuesday’s Referee is Adrian Quelch (Reading, Berkshire) and his Assistants are Richard Morris (Bristol) and Mark Dadds (Bristol).
Date: Tuesday 17 February 2015
Competition: Vanarama Conference South League Fixture
Venue: Bath City Football Club, Twerton Park, Twerton, Bath, Avon, BA2 1DB.
Kick off at Twerton Park is at 7:45pm and admission prices are as follows:
- Adult £12.00
- Senior £8.00
- Student/Under-18 £6.00
- Under-16 £3.00.
- Adult £13.00
- Senior £9.00
- Student/Under-18 £7.00
- Under-16 £4.00.
- U16s: £1.00 when accompanied by paying adult
- Family: £18.00 for 2 parents + 2 children (for both deals get tickets at the ticket office, not turnstile)
- Programme Price £2.50
Please Note: There will NOT be a FaST Supporters Coach to the game.
Exit M4 at junction 19* for the M32. Follow the lane signposted A4174 leaving the M32 at the first junction you come to. Turn left at the roundabout at the bottom of the slip road. Continue on the ring road until you reach a roundabout where the A4 joins the A4174 ring road. The A4 will be signposted Bath. Turn left at this roundabout and go along a dual carriageway until the next roundabout. Go straight across this roundabout and go through Saltford until you reach another roundabout. Take the second exit going past the Globe pub. Proceed up a hill and down the other side where there is a left hand turn at the bottom, signposted Twerton (Newton Road). Take this turn and proceed for about 1 mile. Entrance to the stadium is on the right, the access road being next to Morrisons Local Store.
*We recommend this junction, even for teams coming from the East, as it avoids the laborious task of driving through the centre of Bath
FROM LONDON (M4)
Exit M4 at junction 18 and follow A46 signposted Bath. After 8 miles before tunnel keep in left hand lane (Bath A4) to roundabout. Take 3rd exit and follow signs for A4 Bath. After 1 mile turn left at traffic lights signed A4 Bristol/A36 Warminster. Follow A4 signs around southern perimeter of the city for 3 miles. After passing Bathwick Tyres on the left, in 100 yards at traffic lights turn left, signposted Twerton, through a railway arch with a 11ft 6in height restriction.* Twerton Park is 200 yards on the left after a row of shops.
*For drivers of vehicles unable to negotiate the railway arch, continue along the A4 for a further 2 miles, through a set of traffic lights and onto a dual carriageway to “The Globe” roundabout. Take the 1st exit off roundabout (Combe Down, Newton St Loe), and follow for 1 mile and take the left turn at the bottom of the hill signposted Twerton (Newton Road). Follow this road for 1 mile to enter Twerton. Entrance to the stadium is on the right, the access road being next to Morrisons Local Store.
FROM THE SOUTH (VIA A36)
Enter Bath on A36. At roundabout take 1st exit (Bristol A4). Follow A4 signs around southern perimeter of the city for 3 miles. After passing Bathwick Tyres on the left, in 100 yards at traffic lights turn left, signposted Twerton, through a railway arch with a 11ft 6in height restriction.* Twerton Park is 200 yards on the left after a row of shops.
*For drivers of vehicles unable to negotiate the railway arch, continue along the A4 for a further 2.5 miles, through a set of traffic lights and onto a dual carriageway to “The Globe” roundabout. Take the 1st exit off roundabout (Combe Down, Newton St Loe), and follow for 1 mile and take the left turn at the bottom of the hill signposted Twerton (Newton Road). Follow this road for 1 mile to enter Twerton. Entrance to the stadium is on the right, the access road being next to Morrisons Local Store.
Don’t forget to head back to www.farnboroughfc.co.uk on Wednesday morning to vote for your Farnborough Man of the Match against Bath City here.
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