The sprint to the finish line
Article published on 20 March 2016
With the Easter weekend just around the corner, the Academy still have 2 all important fixtures approaching this week. The first an away tie to Kingstonian tomorrow afternoon, followed by another away trip on Wednesday to face Corinthian Casuals.
This season has seen a fantastic improvement for the Farnborough Academy. An eleventh place finish 12 months ago is well and truly buried in the past, As Marc Wardley’s side fight for 3rd place with just 3 games to go. With Hampton and Richmond having finished their season already, the Academy need 7 out of the 9 points that remain to climb above Hampton into 3rd place.
Last week again saw 2 league games, both at home. A disappointing start to the week occurred when top of the league Havant came to town. After a well battled first half performance from the Academy side, they let that slip in the second half. 3 soon became 4, which soon became 5 and so on until Havant found themselves 7-1 to the good. All be it at 3-1 down Farnborough had huge appeals for a penalty kick which was waved away frantically by the referee. A big call didn’t go Farnborough’s way at a vital moment in the game, However Academy Manager Marc Wardley agreed that even when the decision didn’t go their way what followed should not have happened.
There was some small consolation late on, as goal of the season contender Aaron Bullock unleashed a thunder bolt from 30 yards out, which sailed over the keeper and into the back of the net rocketing the cross bar on the way through.
An improved performance followed on Wednesday, but the Academy still found themselves dropping points at home to Carshalton, where the sides shared the points following an entertaining 2-2 draw.
We now head into the 4th week of March, and with today being the first day of Spring, the Academy will be hoping that their final performances can blossom as they push on for third place.
Kingstonian vs Farnborough
The weeks programme starts with an away tie to Kingstonian. Kingstonian play their games at the Kingston University which is home to over 25 football pitches. The last scheduled trip for Farnborough to face Kingstonian was postponed a few weeks ago due to a waterlogged pitch. Kingstonian find themselves 10th just 3 points ahead of bottom placed AFC Wimbledon. The reverse fixture took place back in September where Farnborough really turned on the heat. Goals from Josh Barrett, a brace from Aaron Coakley and a hat-trick from Leandro Oliviero secured a 6-2 victory for the Boro which extended their impressive start to the season to 3 wins out of 3.
Last season Marc Wardley took charge of the 2nd of the 2 fixtures in the league. Again an impressive performance from the young Boro side saw Kingstonian return to Tolworth empty handed following an Academy record win resulting 9-1.
This Monday Marc will be looking to make it a hat trick of wins vs Kingstonian as Academy Manager of Farnborough FC and you will be able to follow it LIVE on our twitter feed; @FTFCACADEMY
Corinthian Casuals vs Farnborough
8th placed Corinthian Casuals play their final fixture of the season on Wednesday as they to will be looking for revenge over this very exciting Farnborough side. The sides met last before Christmas which saw a thrilling encounter ending in a 5-4 victory for the yellows. The academy will be hoping for very much the same on Wednesday against a Corinthian side who have performed slightly below the bar this year following an impressive 5th place finish last campaign. Farnborough will travel to the Borough of Kingston for the second time in the space of 2 days, for those wondering a 2 day overnight stay request wasn’t put in, but no doubt all involved within the Academy will be doing all they can to make both return trips from Kingston victorious ones!
With the above 2 fixtures being the only ones for the Academy this week, it leads us into our final week of the season. Just the one league game on the Wednesday is a home tie to a fellow Hampshire side Eastleigh as they make the travel from the South Coast next week.
Farnborough vs Eastleigh
Eastleigh cannot mathematically finish 3rd, however they can still finish above Boro should the results go their way. Currently in 5th place Eastleigh have been both hot and cold on their travels this year picking up 6 wins yet they have also found themselves on the back end of 3 losses. Last season Eastleigh impressed finding themselves finishing 3rd in the league. With themselves being one of the bigger calibre of names in Division ‘D’ they will be doing all they can to finish as high as possible. Last time out when the sides met it was honours even in a thrilling 2-2 draw. Farnborough and Eastleigh have both met in the Knights Group Sports League this season too.
This month also ends with the next Academy trial, which is scheduled for Thursday 31st March. This is for next seasons intake. If you’re leaving school, going into your second year of college or looking for a gap year before university and are interested in playing under UEFA A qualified Marc Wardley, then send him your footballing CV by emailing him here: firstname.lastname@example.org
No matter how the last 3 games go for the Academy, it has been a truly terrific season for the future of the football club. A new Academy Manager and a new Academy tutor and a brand new squad of players who have all done themselves proud.
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