This Saturday Farnborough welcome 11th placed Chelmsford City to Paddy Power Park in their penultimate Vanarama Conference South home fixture of the season.

Anything less than three points this weekend would make it mathematically impossible for Farnborough to survive relegation from the Vanarama Conference South this season.

On Easter Monday, despite the visitors playing well for the majority of the game, Basingstoke Town overcame Spencer Day’s side 3-1 at the Soccer AM Stadium, with young midfielder CJ Fearn bagging his first Farnborough goal.

Last time at Paddy Power Park, a ruthless Wealdstone side won 4-1, with striker Jamie White scoring Farnborough’s consolation goal in the 90th minute.

Midfielder Harry Grant will be available for selection after serving a two match suspension.

Speaking to GetHampshire this week, Manager Spencer Day admitted: “We’ve not thrown in the white towel yet but I’m no fool, it’s very difficult to see anything other than us getting relegated now.

“We’ve been very spend-thrifty this season and I’m not going to apologise for that, I tried to do what I thought was right for the best interests of the club.

“It’s important we have a more stable foundation of a squad for next season so we’ve opened contract talks with a number of players already.

“Those who don’t want to play for the club won’t, it’s as simple as that, and if it’s going to save the club money in the short term then, yes, they could be released straight away.”

Speaking about Easter Monday’s 3-1 defeat, Day said: “We were the better team for long spells but the whole game swung on the penalty decision.

“The Referee has totally got it wrong but when you’re down the bottom of the league you have to accept that those kind of decisions go against you. Still, it was a chalk and cheese performance from Saturday.”

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Farnborough lost 4-1 at home to Wealdstone last Saturday

Managed by Mark Hawkes, visitors Chelmsford City occupy 11th position, with 53 points from 38 games. The Clarets have scored 59 times so far this season but have conceeded 66 goals.

Chelmsford City’s top scorer is striker Michael Cheek, who hasn’t netted against Farnborough so far this season, with 11 goals.

Last time out, Chelmsford City won 4-2 at home to Bishop’s Stortford, courtesy of goals from Marvin Ekpiteta, Mark Haines, Rohdell Gordan and Hugo Skepelhorn.

The last time the two sides met, The Clarets won 6-2 at the Melbourne Stadium, despite Farnborough taking an early lead in the game.

The Clarets will have skipper Mark Hughes available as the midfielder returns from suspension but defender Mark Haines is suspended.

Speaking to the Essex Chronicle ahead of the game, Manager Mark Hawkes said: “The league table doesn’t lie, whatever position you’re in. Not being disrespectful, we need to go there and win games like that.

“Going on for next season, games like today [against Bishop’s Stortford] and Farnborough, where the opponents are where they are in the table, you need to go and win.

Hawkes explained: “When you’re playing teams in and around you at the top, hopefully where we’ll be next season, those games aren’t as important to win. Teams down there are the teams I feel we’ve let ourselves down against sometimes this season and dropped points.

“We haven’t dropped many points against the top five or six. Against the bottom five or six though, we’ve taken our foot off the gas and taken them a bit for granted.”

Chelmsford City from: Tom Lovelock (gk), Harry Hickford, Michael Toner, Leon Redwood, Marvin Ekpiteta, Harry Morgan, Joe Ward, Rohdell Gordon, Michael Cheek, Sam Gregory, Mark Hughes (Capt), Mason Spence, Evans Kouassi, Rob Girdlestone, Hugo Skepelhorn and Kevin Maher.

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Chelmsford City won 6-2 in the reverse fixture at the start of January

Match Officials: Saturday’s Referee is Neil Hair (Peterborough) and his Assistants are Ellis Clark and Richard Hart (St Ives, Cambridgeshire).

Date: Saturday 11 April 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.
  • Official Match Day Programme (Boro View) £2
  • Car Park £2

Don’t forget:

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

Enjoy the game!

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