Farnborough begin Pre-Season 2017 at Calthorpe Park with a Friendly against Hampshire neighbours, Fleet Town.
Spencer Day’s side get preparations underway for life in the Evo-Stik League South Premier with a test against our local friends, Fleet Town.
Farnborough capped off a fantastic last Season by winning promotion to Step 3 of the National League system via the Play-Offs, seeing off Egham Town (4-0) in the Semi-Finals, before beating Barton Rovers (2-0) in the Final, after finishing as the Evo-Stik League Division One Central runners-up.
The Yellows last met with Fleet Town in the League on 28 February this year, with a Pat Cox brace enough to see Boro’ take the Hampshire bragging rights in a 2-1 victory at Calthorpe Park.
Pre-Season training began at the start of July, with new signings Connor Calcutt (from Barton Rovers), Jack Smith (from Eastleigh) and Nick Hutchings (from Fleet Town) all joining up with their new team-mates.
Speaking after the first Pre-Season training session, Assistant Manager, Jon Reed said: “It’s quite interesting to get Pre-Season underway where you’ve then got a game after a week, because usually you might have two or three weeks with just long, laborious training sessions and fitness sessions then players lose a little bit.
“But yes it’s good to have three sessions; get in Saturday [8 July] which will be a very, very tough game against Fleet. I think they started a week early so we’re looking forward to it.
“Last Season a lot of games we could play possibly at 70/80% and possibly still win the games. This year we’re going to have to be at 8 or 9 out of 10 consistently to challenge near the top where I think we should do.
“So hopefully, all in all, if we can get the right balance, hopefully it’s going to be another positive year.”
Summer signing, Nick Hutchings comes up against his former employers this weekend
Former Guildford City boss, Steve Dormer was appointed as Fleet Town Manager on 17 May, with Sam Rafique and Mark Whitely joining as Coaches.
Dormer boasts a wealth of experience as both a player and a Coach at Clubs including AFC Wimbledon, Southall, Yeading, Wealdstone and Spelthorne Sports.
On 28 June, one-time Godalming Town Manager, Andy Hunt was named as joint-Manager to partner Dormer in the dugout.
There is a bit of rebuilding for the new Management to do this Pre-Season, with a number of players from last Seasons team following former Player-Manager, Craig Davis to Evo-Stik South West side, Winchester City.
Those players include goalkeeper Ryan Pryce, Josh Harfield, Ben White, Rob Carr, Dan Williamson, Simba Mlambo and Brett Stanley.
Steve Dormer pictured at Calthorpe Park, the home of Fleet Town Football Club
Date: Saturday 8 July 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Friendly Fixture
Stadium Address: Fleet Town Football Club, Calthorpe Park, Crookham Road, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 5FA.
Admission prices for both Home and Away supporters are:
- Adult £5
- Concession £3
- Under 18’s FREE.
Directions to Calthorpe Park
Our Ground is situated next to Calthorpe Park and is accessed via the driveway on Crookham Road, Fleet.
Postcode GU51 5FA also includes some nearby residential roads, make sure you are looking for Crookham Road in Sat Nav.
Please note that Parking in the Car Park will be for players and club officials only. There is sufficient Parking in neighboring streets or in the town which is just a short walk away.
From London and the South travel via M3, exit at junction 4a, follow signs into Fleet (Town Centre), past Railway station and into town, continue along Fleet Road to the major crossroads by Oatsheaf public house. Carry on across lights into Crookham Road, follow road down hill, the entrance road is on right, just past Glen Road (on the left), the club has its own car park, but if this is full, please use suitable road parking away from the ground or town centre public car park, not in front of residential properties in the entrance road.
From the West travel via M4 to the main Reading junction, near the Madejski Stadium, follow A33 south (towards Basingstoke), after dual carriageway turn left following signs to Hartley Wintney and Fleet. In Hartley Wintney turn left onto A30 for short distance, then right onto A323 to Fleet, this road also feeds into the Oatsheaf crossroads, at these lights turn right into Crookham Road, then follow as above.
Enjoy the game!
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