On Non League Day 2016, Farnborough make the short trip to Andover Town in The Emirates FA Cup First Round Qualifying.
In-form Farnborough head into Saturday’s FA Cup tie on a five game winning streak in the League.
Spencer Day’s side knocked Hellenic League Premier Division outfit, Longlevens out of the FA Cup in the Previous Round with a 5-1 win.
On Bank Holiday Monday, Farnborough had to come from behind to take all 3 points off local rivals Fleet Town in a dramatic 4-3 win in the League.
The Yellows, who had Eddie Smith dismissed before the break, took a two-goal lead at the break courtesy of a double from Jamie Cureton, before Fleet Town came back and took a 3-2 lead in the Second Half.
But after Josh Huggins levelled the scores, Jamie Cureton completed his hat-trick with a 90th minute winner to send a crowd of over 400 home delighted.
Speaking exclusively to Non League Daily ahead of Saturday’s tie, Midfielder Nic Ciardini said: “It [an FA Cup run] means everything to me but it means more to the club.
“I have been in a situation where my club had a televised FA Cup ties but I have been unfortunate and been suspended for both.
“I have always wanted to get on TV once and to have my family and friends to watch, so you can look back in the future.
“It can be good for the club financially, the crowds go up, the prize money goes up, we want this cup run to happen because the club needs it”
“Any away game is tough and they will dig in against us.
“They will see how well we are doing in the league and they will know what we are about.
“We are expecting a tough battle and it will be hard. I would back us against anyone at the moment because we are in good form but we will need to be on focused because it won’t be easy.”
Manager, Spencer Day is determined to avoid a Cup upset this weekend: “We have had some mixed performances this season and we accept that we will probably be favourites in most of our games this season.
“We will respect Andover Town, you always respect your opposition because there are no easy games.
“We are a target, teams will raise their games but we respect that and we will work hard to get the result we want. If we do that, and it’s a big if, we know we have the quality to hurt opposition by playing our game.
“The FA Cup always has shocks and we need to focus hard to ensure we aren’t on the end of one of them”
“I will say this, nobody will want to play us. We are looking forward to it, we love the FA Cup but we won’t take our eyes of it against Andover because that dream will end.”
Farnborough last time out (vs Fleet Town): Joel Driscoll (gk), Josh Huggins, Keith Emmerson, CJ Fearn (Capt), Curtis Osano, Terrell Forbes, John Oyenuga, Jack Barton, Jamie Cureton, Eddie Smith, Nic Ciardini, Jack Battie, Habib Cissoko, Sam Shaban and Jamal Batchilly.
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Saturday’s hosts are currently managed by Neil Benson and compete in the Sydenhams Wessex Football League Premier Division.
Andover Town currently lie in 18th position in the Wessex League Premier Division after winning just one of their opening six League games.
On Tuesday evening, The Town came from a goal down to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw at Home to Whitchurch United in the League, with Shane Lock equalising in the Second Half.
Goals from Craig Blakeman, Liam Gilbert (Penalty), Adam Grange, Christopher Onoufriou and Craig Stanley helped Andover Town dispatch of Royal Wootton Bassett in the Extra Preliminary Round with a 5-2 win at The Portway Stadium.
Neil Benson’s side then overcame Spelthorne Sports 3-2 in the Preliminary Round, courtesy of goals from Adam Grange and Craig Stanley (2).
Andover Town last time out (vs Whitchurch United): Craig Atkinson (gk), Craig Blakeman, Paul Coventry, Luke Dempsey, Alex Dockree, Liam Gilbert, Adam Grange, Ryan Inskip, Craig Stanley, McCaulie Stubbs, Conor Whiteley, Callum Appleby, Zondiwe Chunga and Shane Lock.
Portway Stadium – The home of Andover Town Football Club
Saturday’s Referee is Gregory Read (Addlestone) and his Assistants are Alperen Nayir (New Malden) and Wayne Ingram (New Malden).
Date: Saturday 3 September 2016
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: The Emirates FA Cup First Round Qualifying Fixture
Stadium Address: Andover Town Football Club, The Portway Stadium, 17 West Portway Industrial Estate, Andover, SP10 3LF.
Admission prices for both Home and Away supporters are:
- Adult £6
- Concession £3 (16-18 year olds, Over 65’s)
- Under 16’s FREE.
On the Western outskirts of Andover town follow the signs to the Portway Industrial Estate. We are on the Western side of the Industrial Estate. Close to the A303, the Industrial Estate is signposted.
Nearest Train station: Andover. Two miles from the Andover Train station.
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