This Valentines Day (Saturday) Farnborough take on 9th placed Hemel Hempstead Town at Paddy Power Park in the Vanarama Conference South.

With 19th placed Bishop’s Stortford hosting Ebbsfleet United this weekend, Farnborough need just three points to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.

Farnborough’s last two games have both brought defeat, and no goals but they will be looking for revenge against a Hemel Hempstead side which comfortably beat them 4-1 at Vauxhall Road just under five weeks ago.

Speaking to GetHampshire after last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at 4th placed Havant & Waterlooville, Manager Spencer Day said: “We were in the game for long spells, even with ten men.

“[Phil] Page’s gone clean through and Reece [Beckles] had a great chance late on, but I was proud of the boys’ efforts against a good side and it took a deflected goal to beat us.”

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Monday evening’s Man of the Match: Michael Richens in action | Photo © Don Blandford

Saturday’s visitors Hemel Hempstead Town, who secured promoted from the Southern League Premier Division last season, currently occupy 9th place, with a few games in hand on some teams around them.

Last time out, The Tudors claimed a 2-1 home victory over play-off contenders Gosport Borough.

Speaking to hemeltoday following his sides 2-1 victory over Gosport Borough last Saturday, Manager Dean Brennan said: “I would have taken 2-1 before the game all day long. I’m very pleased with the win and the maturity of our second half display.

“First half we were outnumbered and overrun in centre midfield – we tried to play with width with both [James] Potton and [Zane] Banton, and they played with a narrow diamond in there.

“I just felt the tacky pitch never let us get it down and play. But also full credit to Gosport who stopped us getting in our normal passing rhythm.

“We changed things slightly in midfield, matching Gosport’s diamond formation and we went man for man. We also played slightly more direct to our front and men took less risks. For me that is our young team starting to mature.”

Brennan added: “The belief is in our squad now because we have very good young players; the players over the last three months have been outstanding.

“All this team needed was time to believe in themselves – we have so much potential and ability in our squad. As a team we are all just concentrating and looking forward to the next game.”

Hemel Hempstead Town from: Charlie May (gk), David King, Arthur Lee, Jordan Parkes (Capt), Dominic Hyam, Moussa Diarra, Nicke Kabamba, Matty Harriott, Oliver Hawkins, Zane Banton, James Potton, Dennis Oli, Ryan Newman, Kyle Connolly, Mo Sharif and Jorell Johnson.

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The Tudors won the comfortably won the reverse fixture 4-1 in January | Photo © Don Blandford

Match Officials: Saturday’s Referee is Ian Fissenden (Gillingham, Kent) and his Assistants are Simon Finnigan (Kent) and David Smart (Maidstone, Kent).

Date: Saturday 14 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 £1.
  • Official Match Day Programme (Boro View) £2
  • Car Park £2

School of the Week: Farnborough Football Club are pleased to welcome Grange Infant School to Paddy Power Park this weekend.

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 www.farnboroughfc.co.uk on Saturday evening to vote for your Farnborough Man of the Match against Hemel Hempstead Town here.

Enjoy the game!

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