In the race for Vanarama Conference South survival, this Saturday Farnborough host Bath City at Paddy Power Park.

Farnborough lost 5-0 at League leaders Bromley on Tuesday evening and 2-0 last weekend at Hayes & Yeading United and head into Saturday’s clash in 20th place with 27 points from 30 games.

Spencer Day’s side are unbeaten in their last three home games but will need three points this weekend to close the gap on 19th placed Maidenhead United, who visit Chelmsford City on Saturday.

Last time at Paddy Power Park, Harry Grant’s first half penalty gave Farnborough the lead but they were pegged back in the second half and could only manage a 1-1 draw.

Boro’s last win was a 2-1 home victory over Eastbourne Borough a month ago, courtesy of a superb Dan Bennett brace.

The Club can confirm that striker Phil Page has joined Leatherhead on loan for a month. On the decision to loan out the 27 year-old, Spencer Day explained: “I’ve had Phil Page five years, we had to try something different.

“Pagey’s not performing, he’s only scored three goals all season and isn’t looking like scoring at the moment. It’s on a football and financial basis, we just can’t afford it.

“Pagey’s work position is well known. We had to make a decision and he understands that. We need people, like Jordan Robertson, who can hold the ball up and also people who can train. Pagey can’t, and it’s not helpful in the dressing room when he’s not there. It doesn’t breed a good atmosphere.”

Speaking to GetHampshire about last weekends 2-0 defeat at Hayes & Yeading United, Manager Spencer Day said: “It was a terrible, non-event of a game on the worst pitch we’ve played on this season.

“Both goals were offside but that doesn’t take away from the fact it was a very poor performance. They out-battled us, we didn’t look like scoring and there were some very low players in that dressing room afterwards.”

Speaking about Tuesday evenings defeat at the League leaders, Day told: “I thought we were the better team for a good hour.

“We passed the ball very well and worked incredibly hard, but we didn’t use our brains and gave away set-pieces against the biggest side in the division and we couldn’t handle it.

“Three set-piece goals, a deflection and a breakaway goal – it looks like an absolute stuffing but we’ve created double the amount of chances tonight that we have in the last two games so that is something we can take into Saturday, which is now very much a must-win.

Day added: “I’m distraught but it wasn’t through a lack of effort. [The players] are not as low in there as they were for the previous two games.

“We’re not getting any luck at the moment, but this was not a Concord or a Bath, all you can try and do is take the positives and move on.”

“We’ve dug ourselves a very big hole and we’ve got to climb out of it.”


Farnborough lost 7-4 the last time they met Bath City

Lee Howell’s Bath City sit comfortably in mid-table in 12th position, with 44 points from 32 games.

This weekend The Romans’ will be without top scorer with 15 goals, David Pratt, who is suspended.

During the week, Bath City confirmed the signing 33-year-old Somerset County Cricket Club all-rounder Peter Trego, who is a goalkeeper.

Last time out, Bath City continued their FA Trophy hangover going down 1-0 at home to Bishop’s Stortford, who had centre-back and the only goalscorer of the game in Adam Bailey-Dennis sent off early into the second half.

Speaking to the Bath Chronicle after that defeat, Manager Lee Howells said: “On Tuesday not only did we miss Dave Pratt but also other players. Frankie [Artus] had to be rested tonight, he has run himself into the ground.

“Ashley Kington has had four or five games on the bounce and is tired. There are a few carrying injures and we also have one or two that are a bit off colour.

“But the league form is not as bad as it looks, although of course we have been disappointed with a few results of late.

Howells continued: “I have said to the players in the dressing room that we have to pick ourselves up a little bit, go and get a couple of good results and see the season out.

“If we can do that and finish in the top ten it will not have been a bad year.”

Bath City from: Jason Mellor (gk), Andy Gallinagh, Dan Ball, Pat Keary, Phil Walsh, Ben Adelsbury, Naby Diallo, Chris Allen, Andy Watkins, Nick McCootie, Chas Hemmings, Ashley Kington, Frankie Artus, Ross Stearn, Dan Bowman, Jim Rollo and Peter Trego (gk).


Striker Nick McCootie (left) netted four times against Farnborough back in February

Match Officials: Saturday’s Referee is Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire) and his Assistants are Mark Dadds (Bristol) and Simon Shaw (Bristol).

Date: Saturday 21 March 2015

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 for both home and away supporters are:

  • Adults £12
  • Concessions (Over 60 or disabled) £8
  • Under 16s £3
  • Under 6s FREE.

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New to Paddy Power Park? Find out more ahead of your visit to Cherrywood Road by reading here.

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