With points still to play for, this Saturday Farnborough travel to 17th placed Bishop’s Stortford in the Vanarama Conference South.
Three points for Spencer Day’s side would take them onto 31 points for the season and could reduce the gap to 19th position, if Maidenhead United fail to pick up any points this weekend at home to Gosport Borough.
Last time out, Farnborough lost heavily 7-2 at home to 11th placed Bath City, with second top scorer Dan Bennett netting both of the home sides goals.
Striker Mikel Suarez successfully converted a second half penalty as the Blues claimed a 1-0 victory the last time the two sides met at Paddy Power Park back in October.
New signing Jamie White will be available for selection after joining on loan from Sutton United until the end of the season, with striker Louie Theophanous going in the other direction for the same period of time.
Returning goalkeeper Charlie Grainger will face the side that he previously had a loan spell with, as will midfielder Michael Richens who also previously spent time with Bishop’s Stortford.
Speaking to GetHampshire after last Saturday’s heavy defeat, Manager Spencer Day said: “We’ve not got excuses, we were appalling. At half-time, 5-1 down, it was by far the lowest point of the season and we apologise to the fans. It was a diabolical performance.
“The hard facts are we’re just not good enough. We had two 17, an 18, 19 and 24-year-old in defence and they had a nightmare.
“Unfortunately that’s what happens sometimes with youngsters but that’s no excuse. I expect a lot more whether you’re 17 or 35 and we didn’t get that.
Day admitted: “It’s been a horrible season. We’ve made mistakes, I’ve made mistakes, but it all comes back to one thing and that’s the position this club is in.
“The chairman has just told me we banked £30 after expenses on Saturday, we have no money. It’s very sobering and very hard to take but that’s where we are at the moment.
“We’ve achieved miracles at this football club for three-and-a half years but it’s taken its toll and caught up with us.
“It’s not over yet though, while it’s still mathematically possible we’ll go on fighting. We will probably have to win four out of six, it’s unlikely, but not impossible.”
Managed by Rod Stringer, Bishop’s Stortford head into Saturday’s clash in 17th place with 39 points from 34 games, scoring 46 goals and conceding 57 so far this season.
Last weekend, Bishop’s Stortford’s four game unbeaten run came to a halt as they went down 3-0 away at 12th placed Eastbourne Borough.
During the week Manager Rod Stringer added to the growing number of internationals at the ProKit UK Stadium with the signing of 21-year-old defender Anthony Furlong.
19-year-old striker Marcel Barrington also signed for the Blues on loan from Leicester City on deadline day (Thursday) but he is expected to be unavailable for Saturday’s clash due to a minor injury.
Speaking to www.bsfc.co.uk ahead of the game, Blues manager Rod Stringer said: “This could be a massive game for us because it can secure a place in the Conference [South] next season. It’s a must-win for them, while for us it’s a must-not-lose.
“But we’ve got a tough set of games in April, so a win would allow us to go into the final month without any fear.”
Blues will be without James Walker and Connor Peters who are both on international duty with Antigua & Barbuda but striker Mikel Suarez is expected to return after missing last week’s defeat at Eastbourne Borough due to business commitments.
Midfielder Anthony Church is also a doubt for the hosts through injury.
Bishop’s Stortford from: James Bransgrove (gk), Ashley Miller, Kenzer Miller, Rickie Hayles, Adam Bailey-Dennis, George Allen, Sheldon Sellears, Joe Tabiri, Greg Pearson, Ben Marlow, Bobby-Joe Taylor, Jake Larkins, Anthony Edgar, Frankie Merrifield, Mikel Suarez and Anthony Furlong.
Match Officials: Saturday’s Referee is Lee Betts (Norwich, Norfolk) and his Assistants are Jairo Marin (Cambridge) and Darren Stobbart (Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk).
Date: Saturday 28 March 2015
Competition: Vanarama Conference South League Fixture
Venue: Bishop’s Stortford Fooball Club, ProKit UK Stadium, Dunmow Road, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 5RG.
Kick off at The ProKit UK Stadium is at 3pm and admission prices are:
- Adults £12
- Senior Citizens (over 60) £7
- Students £6
- Under 16s £5
- Under 12s £2 (admitted free if accompanied with an adult).
Directions to the Prokit UK Stadium
From all directions exit M11 at Junction 8 (please note that junction 8 now has two exits, the first – signposted for Bishop’s Stortford and the Motorway Services is the one you want). On the M11 roundabout (see map below) take 2nd exit (1st exit is for the services only). Within 200yds is another roundabout. Take 1st exit. After about 400yds take first right (opposite the golf club) into Industrial Estate and follow the road around to your right.
The ground and car park (£1 entrance) are straight ahead. To ensure a parking space arrive at least 30 minutes before kick off.
Time-wise, the ground is just three minutes drive from Junction 8.
If travelling from the A10. From the A10 take the roundabout exit marked for Bishop’s Stortford A120. Proceed along the A120 following signs for Bishop’s Stortford and then the M11, travelling through Standon and then straight on at the Little Hadham traffic lights.
At the next roundabout, now on the outskirts of the town, do not follow signs into the town centre but continue around the by-pass (A120) still following M11 signs. Go straight over at the next roundabout (Stansted Mountfitchet & Saffron Walden left, Bishop’s Stortford right) and proceed up the hill through the woods still on the A120.
At the next roundabout (you will see the M11 junction roundabout just ahead of you) – take the last exit. This is the ‘Dunmow Road’. Proceed for a few hundred yards (golf club on your left) and take the first turning on the right.
For those who wish to visit the market town of Bishop’s Stortford, do not turn right into Industrial Estate but carry straight on. This is called ‘Dunmow Road’. Do not turn off. Come to traffic lights at crossroads (Hockerill) and go straight on 200yds down the hill. Then bear right at the mini-roundabout and the entrance to a multi-storey car park (Jackson Square) is on your left. When leaving the car park, the one way system takes you to a set of traffic lights. Turn right and get in left hand lane. Go straight on at mini-roundabout and up the hill to the Hockerell crossroads and traffic lights. Go straight on up the ‘Dunmow Road’ back to the ground now on your left.
BY TRAIN…… Bishop’s Stortford main line rail station is on the Liverpool Street to Cambridge line. Fast & frequent services and some Stansted Express trains stop at Stortford station. Check before boarding. From Liverpool Street the journey time is between 35 and 47 minutes (fast or all-stops trains). The ground is a good 25 minute walk from the station, but there is a taxi-rank immediately outside the booking office. Also, bus service nos. 308 and 509 going to Stansted Airport stop at “Riverside” (behind Marks & Spencer and adjacent multi-storey car park – 3 minute walk from rail station and pass Woodside. The bus times are 07 and 37 past the hour – journey time 10-15 minutes.
Enjoy the game!
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