Farnborough’s second Pre-Season Friendly takes them to the South Coast for a test against National League South newcomers Havant & Waterlooville.

Farnborough

Connor Calcutt’s first goal for the Club saw a mixed Farnborough side open Pre-Season 2017 with a 1-0 Friendly win at Fleet Town last weekend.

Boro’ fielded numerous trialists in last weekends Friendly, also making-do without regulars John Oyenuga (illness) and Keith Emmerson (unavailable).

Manager, Spencer Day expects a stern test at Westleigh Park this weekend: “A very different scenario. The pitch will be fantastic. They’re a very, very strong side. I think they’re like us; they’ve got a lot of momentum, they’ve got a settled team like we do as well.

“It will be a very tough afternoon. Very early days still in Pre-Season. We’ll take a much smaller squad there. We have to respect the fact that Havant are a very, very strong team and it will be a very, very tough afternoon. But it’s just part of building towards the middle of August.

“Totally different experience next week. That’s why we played some of our stronger players in the Second Half today [against Fleet Town] because we’re in for a tough afternoon next week.

“We’re looking forward to it. Nice pitch, nice Ground, against a very strong side and we’ll go there and it’ll all be part of the process towards the middle of August.”

Farnborough from: Aiden Upward (gk), John Oyenuga, Jack Smith, Josh Huggins, Nick Hutchings, Jack Barton, CJ Fearn, Keith Emmerson, Nic Ciardini, Perry Coles and Connor Calcutt.

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Nic Ciardini returns to Westleigh Park since departing The Hawks at the end of the 2015-2016 Season

Havant & Waterlooville

Lee Bradbury’s side are now back in the National League South after winning the Isthmian League Premier Division by two points last Season.

After beginning their Pre-Season schedule with a 2-0 win at Newport (IOW) on 4 July, Havant & Waterlooville were beaten 6-0 by South Coast rivals Portsmouth last Saturday, in front of a crowd of 2,700.

The Hawks last faced Farnborough in what was previously known as the Conference South, at Westleigh Park on 7 February 2015, with a Ben Swallow strike sealing a 1-0 win for the hosts.

Speaking to hawksTV after the heavy Portsmouth defeat, Manager Lee Bradbury said: “It’s hard to judge against such a good side and I think they showed that to be honest. First half hour I was pleased – I thought we contained them.

“They had quite a lot of the ball but albeit in the middle third of the pitch and didn’t really hurt us and then an unfortunate own goal turns fortune a little bit.

“They set some good traps, Portsmouth. They set traps and encourage us to play and when we did they pressed us high up the pitch and we made a couple mistakes and we got punished by a good side.

“You wan to do yourself justice in these games – I don’t think we did as a team. As I just said to the players there, we’ve had three training sessions, it’s tough when you’re playing against a full-time side and a good League One side. It’s harsh on us a little bit probably but having said that, we can play better.”

Havant & Waterlooville last time out (vs Portsmouth): Ryan Young (gk), Bradley Tarbuck, Rory Williams, Ryan Woodford, Lee Molyneaux, Ed Harris, Wes Fogden, Theo Lewis, Jason Prior, Alfie Rutherford, Mike Carter; Alan Walker-Harris (gk), Brian Stock, Yemi Odubade, Andreas Robinson, Eddie Wakley, James Hayter, Hayato Yoshida, Marley Ridge and Alfy Whittingham.

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Farnborough’s CJ Fearn tackles former Boro’ striker JJ Hooper back in February 2015

Match Information

Date: Saturday 15 July 2017

Kick Off: 3pm

Competition: Friendly Fixture

Stadium Address: Havant & Waterlooville Football Club, Westleigh Park, Martin Road, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 5TH.

Admission prices for both Home and Away supporters are:

  • Adult £10
  • Concession £5.

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.

Parking

There is limited free parking on site at Westleigh Park, with free on road parking locally.

Enjoy the game!


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