Desperate for three crucial points, this Saturday Farnborough host basement club Staines Town in the Vanarama Conference South.
Farnborough lost 2-1 at 5th placed Gosport Borough last time out in the League and head into Saturday’s all-important clash in 20th place with 27 points from 30 games.
Victory over Staines Town at the weekend could see Spencer Day’s side move out of the relegation zone if 19th placed Hayes & Yeading United fail to win at Sutton United.
This will be the second and final meeting between the two sides this season, with Farnborough coming from behind to grab all three points in a 2-1 victory at Wheatsheaf Park back in September last year. Adam Brice’s equaliser cancelled out Louie Theophanous’ first half penalty, before Dan Bennett struck home the winner three minutes from time.
Striker Duncan Culley returned to the starting line-up in Tuesday’s 3-1 Hampshire Senior Cup defeat to Gosport Borough, netted from the spot and was voted online as Farnborough’s Man of the Match.
Speaking to GetHampshire this week, Manager Spencer Day insisted that Staines shouldn’t be taken lightly: “This is a very dangerous game for us.
“Staines are very much like us, they can either crash to big defeats or, in the case of Ebbsfleet, Sutton and Gosport, they can give the big teams a real run for their money. You just don’t know what Staines will turn up.
Day added: “They will probably feel they’ve got too much to do to stay up now so they can play with freedom, with less stress and will want to get one over on us. That makes them a dangerous animal.
“Therefore, this is a game which we’ve got to get right. While we’ve got to be positive and go into it knowing it’s a good opportunity to get three points, we’ve also got to be careful too.”
Nicky Forster’s Staines Town are rooted to the bottom of the table, with 15 points from 30 games. The Swans haven’t drawn a game so far so those 15 points come from their only 5 League wins this season.
Last time out, Staines Town crashed to a 4-0 home defeat to play-off chasing Hemel Hempstead Town. Saturday’s visitors have lost their last six games and haven’t scored from open play in the last three.
Speaking to GetSurrey this week, Manager Nicky Forster explained: “We are trying to get players in but not many want to come here when we are 13 points adrift at the bottom.
“It’s got to be freshened up because, although I can’t fault the players’ efforts, our quality isn’t where it needs to be.
“There’s 30 points to play for and I think we need at least six wins. That seems ridiculous when we’ve only had five all season, but we ca’t give up yet. Myself, the chairman and the staff don’t want to at this stage.”
During the week, The Swans confirmed the signing of central defender Darren Purse, who joined from Welling United. Darren was an England u21 international, and played over 550 Football League and Premier League games
Purse captained Cardiff and was in their FA Cup Final squad, and while at Birmingham he appeared in the 2001 League Cup Final against Liverpool, scoring one of the penalties in the shoot-out.
On his latest signing, Nicky Forester told stainestownfootballclub.co.uk: “We’re really pleased to get Darren. His experience in our defence will be a welcome asset.”
Staines Town from: Jack Turner (gk), Tommy Brewer, Harry Medway, Chace O’Neill, Chris M’Boungou, Justyn Roberts, Ashley Lodge, Michael Freiter, Elliott Buchanan, Jake Kempton, Bajram Pashaj, Darren Purse, Joe Aribo, Harry Churchill, Aaron Okuleye, Erivaldo Felix and Bouyake.
Ex Swan Louie Theophanous netted against Farnborough from the spot the last time the two sides met
Match Officials: Saturday’s Referee is Sam Purkiss (Highbury, London) and his Assistants are James Whittaker Jnr (Harlow, Essex) and Andreas Anastasiou (Hendon, London).
Date: Saturday 7 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.
- Official Match Day Programme (Boro View) £2
- Car Park £2
- Farneys Cafe will be open from 9am and the Cherrywood Bar will be open from noon showing live football.
- Replica Shirts and Vanarama Big Day Out Vouchers will continued to be sold in the Club Shop which open is due to be open from 2pm.
- Bookings for the FaST Supporters Coaches to our upcoming away games at Hayes & Yeading and Bromley will be taken at the 50/50 table.
- Mighty Yellows Membership packs available, please ask at the club shop for more details.
- Join the Facebook Event here!
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 Staines Town here.
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