Back at Paddy Power Park, this Saturday Farnborough continue their quest for Vanarama Conference South survival, taking on 13th placed Eastbourne Borough.

Next up following Tuesday’s disappointing defeat at Bath City, Farnborough welcome Tommy Widdrington’s mid-table Eastbourne Borough side to Paddy Power Park in the Vanarama Conference South.

This is the first meeting between the two sides this season, last time Farnborough met Eastbourne Borough was on the last day of last season when Spencer Day’s side came from behind twice to earn a point in a 3-3 draw at a sunny and rainy Paddy Power Park.

Farnborough will be without Jamie Hand who is suspended and centre-back Adam Brice who came off in Tuesday’s defeat at Bath with an injury which could force him out for anything from two weeks to the rest of the season.

Returning winger Dan Bennett netted twice and was voted Man of the Match in Tuesday’s 7-4 Vanarama Conference South defeat at Bath City.

Speaking to GetHampshire after Tuesday’s defeat at this seasons FA Trophy Semi-Finalists Bath City, Manager Spencer Day said: “It was the lowest I had ever been as a football manager at half-time.

“I was embarrassed as it was the worst 20 minutes of suicidal football I’d seen all season – including the 7-0 at Concord – and I threw them back out for the second half five minutes early.

“It was an absurd game. Good players just fell apart and everything they [Bath] hit went in. It was juvenile defending for at least five of the goals, something which seems to come back and haunt us every month or so. It’s got to stop.

Day added: “It was the same system we played against Hemel Hempstead and everyone knew their jobs. We knew Bath were going to rest a couple of their players because of their big FA Trophy game so we saw it as a good opportunity to have a go at them. But we just didn’t start and if you defend as badly as that then it doesn’t matter what system you play.

“The statistics show we out-scored Bath 16 to 12 in efforts on goal and we scored four with three coming in the last ten minutes. If the game had gone on another ten minutes, who knows what the score would’ve been?”


Midfielder Harry Grant in action against Bath City on Tuesday | Photo © Simon Howe

Tommy Widdrington’s Eastbourne Borough side currently sit in 13th place, with 38 points from 30 games so far this season.

Last Saturday, The Sports lost 3-1 at home to 4th placed Havant & Waterlooville, with all the goals coming in the second half. Striker Nathaniel Pinney bagged his sides goal in the 72nd minute of that game.

Speaking to the Eastbourne Herald after the defeat, Manager Tommy Widdrington said: “As daft as it sounds a lot of positives in a 3-1 defeat is not always the case but some things today really pleased me.

“Having lost Richard Pacquette early to injury I thought Nathaniel Pinney was excellent. He took the goal really well but I thought his link up play and his combination play with [Darren] Loky was excellent.

“You have got to remember we are playing against lads like Ben Wright, Bradley Bubb, Brian Stock and Warren Cummings. These lads have played oodles of league football.

“You are not playing against a bang average Conference South side here. These are one of the best sides and one of the biggest clubs in this league.

Widdrington continued: “So for us to be competing and I mean competing, it was a game we lost but there was only a Rizla paper between us. We could have easily been leading at halftime.

“What I will say is rather than people whinging at me as I walk into the dressing room telling me to get new players, I think they want to support the players we have because my lads are honest, they are hard working and they want to play for Eastbourne Borough. I think some people have just got to take stock of the whole situation and understand that.”

Eastbourne Borough from: Lewis Carey (gk), Jack Evans, Frankie Raymond, Adam Watts, Ian Simpemba (Capt), Kiran Khinda-John, Kane Haysman, Dean Sinclair, Richard Pacquette, Simon Johnson, Darren Lok, Matt Aldred, Sam Beale, Gavin McCallum, Ryan Worrall and Nathaniel Pinney.

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Match Officials: Saturday’s Referee is Michael George (North Walsham, Norfolk) and his Assistants are Richard Hart (St Ives, Cambridgeshire) and Daniel Hanna (Oundle, Northamptonshire).

Date: Saturday 21 February 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.
  • 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.

Don’t forget to head back to on Saturday evening to vote for your Farnborough Man of the Match against Eastbourne Borough here.

Enjoy the game!


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