Farnborough take a break from League action this weekend, making the short journey to York Road to take on Maidenhead United in the FA Trophy 2nd Round Proper.
Although Spencer Day’s side lost heavily at Chelmsford City last time out, Farnborough are currently on an impressive FA Trophy run, which has already seen them win away at Sholing and Weston-Super-Mare.
Ahead of this weekends tie, Manager Spencer Day added Goalkeeper Marek Rodak and Defender Gradi Milenge to the squad on loan deals from Fulham and Brentford respectively.
Defender Ollie Treacher will also be available for selection for the first time this year; returning from a three-match suspension.
Speaking to GetHampshire about defeat at Chelmsford City last time out Manager Spencer Day said: “I’m furious with the way we capitulated because it made it look a lot worse than it was.
“We went from being ready to come off the pitch with heads held high to having the hoodoo slap us in the face again and it didn’t do justice to what was a very good attacking performance at times.”
Giving his thoughts on Saturday’s FA Trophy clash, Day added: “We’ve had to learn some lessons from Saturday [at Chelmsford] because for 88 minutes we were still in the game and had actually played quite well.
“Yet, we’ve still conceded six goals – five of which very preventable – and we can’t afford that again on Saturday.
“This is an important game for us, not only for the finances, but also as the teams around us are playing in the league. I went to York Road to watch Maidenhead on Sunday and the pitch is not fit for rugby at the moment.
“We are a very young side who try to pass the ball around, but I’m equally aware that it might not be possible given the conditions on Saturday so we’ve had to have a bit of a re-think.
A 3-1 win at Weston-Super-Mare secured Farnborough’s place in the FA Trophy 2nd Round Proper | Image © Don Blandford
Johnson Hippolyte’s Maidenhead United side come into Saturday’s FA Trophy clash in 14th place in the Vanarama Conference South with 29 points from 23 games so far this season.
Last time out, The Magpies secured a point in front of 321 spectators at York Road in a 1-1 with an 11th placed Bath City side.
Midfielder Adrian Clifton gave Maidenhead the lead in that game after just four minutes, but an improved second half from The Romans saw Ross Stearn thumped home an equaliser from a free-kick ten minutes before full time to give both sides a share of the spoils.
Speaking to the Maidenhead Advertiser after his sides 1-1 home draw, Manager Johnson Hippolyte said: “Everyone was on point in the first half; every single player. Harry Pritchard just pipped Jonathan [Hippolyte] for man-of-the-match.
“Bath were good in the second half but we still dug in. So it was a pleasing performance, even though it felt like we dropped two points.
“We didn’t play the balls into those dangerous areas like we had in the first half.
“Fair play to their manager, Jonathan was giving their five or six a really hard time so he took him off and that made a difference.
“But we stopped playing the balls into the areas, stopped turning them and getting in behind them which we did to great effect in the first half.
“They were much better in the second half, but we should have been out of sight by then.”
Maidenhead United from: Will Britt (gk), Devante McKain, Harry Pritchard, Ryan Upward, Mark Nisbet (Capt), Simon Downer, Danny Green, Adrian Clifton, Eddie Hutchinson, Jonathan Hippolyte, Lanre Azeez, Dave Tarpey, Reece Tison-Lascaris, David Rogalski, Jacob Erakine, Leon Soloman and Elvijs Putnins (gk).
Match Officials: Saturday’s Referee is Alan Young and his Assistants are Shaun Scott and Paul Lister. The Fourth Official is Jonathan Creswick.
Date: Saturday 10 January 2015
Competition: FA Trophy Second Round Proper Fixture
Venue: Maidenhead United Football Club, York Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1SF.
Kick off at York Road is at 3pm and admission prices for the Stand and Terrace are:
- Adults £10
- Concessions (OAP/UB40/NUS) £6
- Under 16s £3
- You can still book a seat on the confirmed FaST Supporters Coach to the game which leaves the Club at 13:00 – find out how to book here.
If the tie goes to a Replay, it will take place at Paddy Power Park on Monday 12 January, kick off 7:45pm.
New to York Road? Find out more ahead of your visit to York Road by reading here.
Can’t make the game? Join BBC Surrey and Sussex’s Gary Smith for full live commentary of Saturday’s FA Trophy clash via BBC sport website. Previews on BBC Surrey Sport from 2pm.
Don’t forget to head back to www.farnboroughfc.co.uk on Saturday evening to vote for your Farnborough Man of the Match against Maidenhead United here.
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