Looking to follow on from victory last time out, this Saturday Farnborough travel to Privett Park to take on Gosport Borough in the Vanarama Conference South.
With 19th placed Hayes & Yeading without a League fixture this weekend, Spencer Day’s Farnborough side have the opportunity to move out of the relegation zone with three points at Privett Park on Saturday.
Boro’ currently occupy 20th position in the Table but are just one point behind and have a game in hand over 19th placed Hayes & Yeading, who sacked Manager Phil Babb in midweek.
Two Dan Bennett goals earned Farnborough their first three points of 2015 with a 2-1 victory over Eastbourne Borough at Paddy Power Park last weekend.
Striker Duncan Culley is expected to be back in contention following a family wedding in Las Vegas and defender Jamie Hand will be available after serving a one-match suspension.
New signings Perry Ryan (loan) and Chris Nurse are expected to available for selection at Privett Park this weekend.
Speaking to GetHampshire this week, Manager Spencer Day said: “I’ve got some big decisions to make.
“The boys who played at the back on Saturday did a really good job for us, now I’ve got to decide whether to change things against a strike-force who have scored 52 goals between them this season.
“Gosport play more football this year, they are well-drilled. They are very physical and going for promotion so we are in for a tough week.
“But, as much as we are in a dogfight we are not the type to bore the pants off teams and play for a nil-nil, we haven’t got that in our make-up. We have very good attacking players so we really need to play to our strengths.
Day added: “We’ve got one of the most important months in this club’s history coming up and we need to be as strong as we possibly can.
“I said a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to strengthen and that is still the case, but I want to make sure we get the right player and not just bring people in for the sake of it.”
Also speaking about the loan singing of Perry Ryan, Day said: “Perry’s someone who’s been on my radar since Havant signed Brian Stock.
“He’s young but he’s experienced at this level and he’s a man. That’s exactly what we need right now.”
The two sides will meet back at Paddy Power Park in the Hampshire Senior Cup Semi Finals this Tuesday (3 March), kick off 7:30pm.
Managed by Alex Pike, Gosport Borough head into Saturday’s clash in the final play-off position (5th) with 51 points from 30 games, scoring 53 goals in the process.
The Boro’ frontline includes the Vanarama Conference South’s second highest top goalscorer in Justin Bennett who currently has an impressive 21 goals to his name.
The last time the two sides met was in the Vanarama Conference South at the start of November, when Gosport ran out 4-1 winners at Paddy Power Park following a number of personel changes to Spencer Day’s squad.
Speaking to Portsmouth News after Tuesday’s victory, Manager Alex Pike said: “We produced a professional performance to pick up a big three points.
“It is a third win on the bounce and, more importantly, our first on the road for a while. We are now at the business end of the season and this takes us back into the top five.
Pike explained: “At this stage it is all about winning matches and keeping the momentum going. The final scoreline doesn’t reflect the game because we had the lion’s share of possession and I didn’t feel we were ever under any threat.
“I have to be happy to come away with a win on a poor pitch against a team fighting for their lives to keep out of trouble at the wrong end of the league.”
Gosport Borough: Nathan Ashmore (gk), Andy Forbes, Rory Williams, Mike Carter, Andy Robinson, Sam Pearce, Thomas Dunford, Danny Smith, Matt Paterson, Justin Bennett, Dan Wooden, Steven Walker, Lee Wort, Paco Saez, Adam Wilde and River Allen.
Gosport Borough won first meeting of the season 4-1 back in November
Match Officials: Saturday’s Referee is Richard Hulme (Radstock, Somerset) and his Assistants are Martin Bloor (Lymington, Hampshire) and Antony Foster.
Date: Saturday 28 February 2015
Competition: Vanarama Conference South League Fixture
Venue: Gosport Borough Fooball Club, Privett Park, Privett Road, Gosport, PO12 3SX.
Kick off at Privett Park is at 3pm and admission prices are:
- Adults £13
- Concessions £9
- Under 18s £5
- Under 12s Free of charge with a paying Adult
Information for visiting supporters
At the ground
The turnstiles are open approximately 90 minutes before the game and are located on the south side of the ground (pay on the gate) and the east side (season ticket holders).
The bar (The Inn off the Post) is open before, during and after the game and shows Sky Sports.
Within the ground, the club shop and tea bar open approximately one hour before the game and are open until full time.
With the exception of the main stand, all areas of Privett Park are wheelchair friendly. A covered viewing area for wheelchairs can be found in the Harry Mizen Stand on the east side of the ground. Toilets can be accessed by wheelchairs from both the bar and the ground.
Directions to Privett Park
Can make the game? Gosport Borough FC are due to provide Commentary of the game live from Privett Park – follow the game on Mixlr 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 Gosport Borough here.
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