Will it be a winning Christmas and New Year for Boro’? We take an in-depth look at the fixtures over this time.
A fine four-match unbeaten run towards the end of November and early December has Farnborough perfectly set up for the notoriously busy fixture list that the Christmas and New Year period brings with it. It is often said that the season is won or lost over this time which gives the Boro the chance to cement their place in the play-offs for the remainder of the season.
Farnborough have many stern tests lying in wait for them over December and January with the majority coming on the road. Indeed, home comforts over the New Year will be in short supply as only three games will be played at the Easy As HGV Stadium. Spencer Day’s men undoubtedly have a tough task ahead of them as no game is easily won but with six of their seven games being against teams below them, this is a real chance for Boro to stamp their authority on this league.
Hampshire Senior Cup Action
Farnborough return home to the Easy As HGV Stadium and jump into some Hampshire Senior Cup action with a Third Round tie against AFC Bournemouth. Originally Farnborough had been drawn away to the Premier League side but they will now actually host the Seasiders in what promises to be a fast-paced game.
The South Coast club have run into some atrocious form having lost all four of their last league games, which included a shock loss to 10-man Crystal Palace.
In fact, as of 11th of December, Betway had priced the Cherries at just 5/1 to be relegated. Needless to say, this could be a good time to play Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth with the whole club short of confidence. Momentum in football is key and a result the Hampshire Senior Cup is vital to Boro’s chances of sustaining a December charge.
The 21st of December sees Farnborough remain at home and welcome Taunton Town. This will be one of those Christmas fixtures that will present Boro with a real chance to close the gap on those teams above them. Taunton Town currently sit on 31 points, five points above Farnborough after grinding out a win against Poole Town.
You can be certain that this will be a Christmas cracker and if Spencer Day’s charges produce the same performance as they did against Dorchester Town when they dominated to win 3-1, then there’s every possibility that this will be one of the fixtures of the season.
Rounding off the December fixture list is a trip to the Memorial Fields to play Hartley Wintney. Heading into 2020 on the back of three points looks a real possibility as the Hampshire outfit sit in 17th position having lost their last two fixtures of November and opening game of December.
Hayes and Yeading will make the journey to play the Boro on 1st January 2020 in what should be a tricky game given that the table is quite misleading when it comes to the position of the Hillingdon side. Having played a handful of games fewer, the visitors will be out to get the points they need to move up the league table so Boro will need to keep them at bay and stunt their charge.
Just three days later it will be sink or swim as Boro head to Poole to take on a club who have lost their way a bit of late but still don’t let many in having the second-best defensive record in the league.
Mid-table Walton Casuals make the trip to Farnborough on 11th January in what should be a chilly 15:00 kick-off in Hampshire. The visitors are somewhat unlike Boro’s previous opponents Poole Town when it comes to defending and have a knack of letting goals in. Spencer Day’s men will be out to put pressure on the Stags’ defence with a faultless attacking display.
Merthyr Town will welcome the Boro on 18th and once again Farnborough will have a lot to do in order to breach their defence given how miserly the opponents are at the back. Although they do give teams a chance every now and again as a 5-4 loss to Cinderford Town shows.
The final game of January provides the best chance for three points as Boro welcomes Beaconsfield Town on 25th January. The visitors sit stone last in the table after what can only be described as a torrid campaign so far for the Buckinghamshire outfit.
The Rams suffered a 3-0 loss to Taunton at the start of December which suggests that it will indeed be a long festive season for the club. Nevertheless, the Boro boss will be wary of complacency and will be urging his troops to show the Rams the utmost respect when they arrive in late January.
‘Tis the Season
Despite the crazy schedule, the fixture list over December and January is one of the best times for football fans around the country as they get to enjoy football over the holidays. There’s no doubt it is that much sweeter when your team is winning, though, and the Farnborough army will be hoping that this is a Christmas and New Year to remember as they climb the league.
It’s now over to the lads to continue to show that impressive form they have picked up in November and early December.