Farnborough’s second consecutive away game sees them on the road, this time at 4th place Havant & Waterlooville in the Vanarama Confernece South this weekend.
Farnborough head into the their first of two games in less than 72 hours Vanarama Conference South still in 20th place with 23 points from 24 games, although they do have two games in hand on 19th placed Bishop’s Stortford.
Spencer Day’s side are on the road again for the second consecutive time, looking for just their fifth away victory of the season.
Last time out, two second half goals sunk Boro’ to a 2-0 defeat in the Vanarama Conference South at Sutton United last Saturday.
The Club can also confirm that defender Simon Cox has now joined Ryman Isthmian Premier Division side Tonbridge Angels on dual registration.
Striker Duncan Culley is expected to return to the squad after missing last Saturday’s game through a combination of illness and injury.
Spaniard Amadeu Arnau will miss the next three matches with work commitments.
Speaking after his side’s 2-0 defeat at Sutton United last time out, Manager Spencer Day told GetHampshire: “It wasn’t a great performance but, defensively, it was much, much better.
“It was a nothing game really but we were bright and we matched them on a very difficult pitch. There was not a huge amount in it but then, unfortunately, they’ve got a ricochet for the first goal and suddenly we’re chasing.
“We showed endeavour going forward but we didn’t find the right ball and we didn’t shoot early enough, so consequently we haven’t tried their keeper anywhere near as much.
“I was, however, pleased with our workrate and we’re going to need that for two more difficult games this week. Two very different sides and two different challenges but there were enough positives to take from the Sutton game.”
Key striker Duncan Culley is expected to return for Spencer Day’s side this weekend | Photo © Don Blandford
Managed by former AFC Bournemouth Player and Manager Lee Bradbury, Havant & Waterlooville head into Saturday’s clash in 5th place and just 8 points off 1st placed Boreham Wood.
The two sides last met on Non League Day 2014 back in September, where The Hawks comfortably cruised to a 5-0 victory with all goals ironically coming from former ‘Boro players – Scott Donnelly, Bradley Bubb (2) and JJ Hooper (2).
The Hawks have been victorious the last two times Farnborough have travelled to Westleigh Park. In September 2013 Havant & Waterlooville took all three points in a 2-1 Conference South victory, before Lee Bradbury’s side cruised to a 3-0 win in the Hampshire Senior Cup Quarter Finals in January 2014.
Although, sandwiched in-between those two fixtures, Boro’ pulled 0ff an impressive comeback to earn a point in a 2-2 draw at Paddy Power Park back in December 2013.
Farnborough-born player Nic Ciardini will start the first of a seven-match ban this weekend, which was received for two sending offs in two consecutive games.
Speaking after his sides 2-0 defeat at Bromley, The Hawks Manager Lee Bradbury told Portsmouth News: “We knew it was going to be a very close game but their opening goal took the wind out of our sails a bit. After that we were left chasing the game.
“It was always going to be an edgy one with neither team wanting to lose. The pitch was very similar to ours, very soft, and it cut up from the start.
“I have no complaints about that [the pitch] though because it is very similar to ours and it was the same for both teams.
“We passed the ball okay and got into good situations but didn’t really create too many opportunities. We drop down to fourth but we are still there or thereabouts.
“I am happy with the squad we have got. Though we have lost our last two games I still back the players to turn it around.
“We have suspensions coming up and that might change my view about bringing in any other players.”
Havant & Waterlooville from: Ryan Young (gk) (Capt), Dan Strugnell, Daniel Blanchett, Brian Stock, Brian Dutton, Ed Harris, Ben Swallow, Scott Donnelly, Ben Wright, JJ Hooper, Perry Ryan, Warren Cummings, Bradley Bubb, Josh Huggins, Alan Connell and Shamir Mullings.
Former Boro’ loanee JJ Hooper in action at Bromley last weekend | Photo ©
Martyn White Sports Photography
Match Officials: Saturday’s Referee is Anthony Serrano (Hemel Hempstead) and his Assistants are Chris Williams and Christopher Wicks (Reading).
Date: Saturday 7 February 2015
Competition: Vanarama Conference South League Fixture
Venue: Havant & Waterlooville Fooball Club, Westleigh Park, Martin Road, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 5TH.
Kick off at Westleigh Park is at 3pm and admission prices are:
- Adults £12
- Concessions £8
- Up to two children (0-16) get FREE entry with a paying adult.
- Official Havant & Waterlooville FC Match Day Programme £2
Information for visiting supporters
The ground has a moderately sized car park manned by stewards on match days. Beyond this, parking is available in some residential streets around the ground.
The ground also houses a sizeable clubhouse, incorporating two separate bars. Note that the entrance is outside the main turnstiles, and it welcomes visiting fans. It is open daily, lunchtimes and evenings, and serves hot food from a menu available in the bars.
There are also three tea bars in the ground open during matches, serving hot dogs, burgers, chips and other assorted popular fan fodder.
Pubs and Food
Westleigh Park is situated some way from Havant town centre and isn’t supported by a large number of recommended pubs – but The Heron is within walking distance over the Petersfield Road by the ground. If approaching the ground from the north, visiting fans will also pass a Harvester Pub/Restaurant just after entering Rowland’s Castle.
Havant Town centre itself is serviced by a wide variety of pubs and fast food establishments, but is more than a short walk from the ground. There is also a reasonable fish and chip shop a short five minute walk from the ground along St Alban’s Road. Turn right out of the ground car park, left at the junction and follow the road round the bend.
Directions to Westleigh Park
Approaching from the North (A3/A3M) –
Follow the A3 south until it becomes the A3M.
Just after it does take the B2149 turning, signposted to Emsworth. At the top of the sliproad turn left along Dell Piece East, follow the road to a small roundabout and turn right.
Continue along this road into Rowlands Castle and you’ll be confronted by a small double roundabout with a Harvester restaurant on the left. Go straight over the first and right at the second, taking the road running down the right hand side of the Shell petrol station.
Follow this road round until it becomes a dual carriageway. At the first set of traffic lights turn left into Bartons Road. The ground will be on your right.
At the top of the hill immediately after a pedestrian crossing, turn right into Martin Road. The entrance to the ground is several hundred yards along the road on your right.
Approaching from the East/West (A27) –
Turn off the A27 into Havant at the Hayling Island roundabout (A3023). If coming from the west this is the first exit after the A3M split.
Follow the road through the town centre until you go over the railway and come to a roundabout.
Go straight on, through four sets of traffic lights. At the fifth, (after a garage on your right and the Heron pub on your left), turn right into Bartons Road.
The ground will be on your right. At the top of the hill immediately after a pedestrian crossing, turn right into Martin Road. The entrance to the ground is several hundred yards along the road on your right.
By Train (Havant station)
Leave the station by the north exit (that being the side that doesn’t have the main ticket office).
Walk north up Leigh Road, directly ahead of you on leaving the station. After half a mile the road eventually comes to a dead end by a junction onto a dual carriageway.
Cross the road by the pedestrian crossing on your right and walk along the right hand side of the dual carriageway (this is pavemented, the route runs along a housing estate).
Eventually you will come to traffic lights, and if you look right you should see the dead end of a small road and the ground’s floodlights beyond. Turn into the road and the ground entrance is a hundred yards on the left.
You can still book a seat on the FaST Supporters Coach to the game which leaves the Club at 13:00 – find out how to book here.
Can make the game? Hawks FM are due to provide Commentary of the game live from Westleigh Park – follow the game 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 Havant & Waterlooville here.
Enjoy the game!
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