Farnborough end their year with a trip to Westleigh Park as they take on Havant & Waterlooville. The Yellows face The Hawks in the return fixture on New Year’s Day.
Boro narrowly beat Braintree Town last time out. Aaron Kuhl, who had signed a loan extension a day prior, was the hero once again as his spot-kick gave The Yellows a 1-0 home win, seemingly putting an end to Farnborough’s penalty woes of the last 18 months.
Upcoming opponents Havant & Waterlooville were handed a 17th defeat of the season, away at Truro City last weekend. Tyler Harvey scored the only goal of the game in the 40th minute to bring The Hawks’ three game winning run to an end. Tuesday’s hosts currently sit 23rd in the table, 10 points adrift of safety.
Ahead of the consecutive games against Havant & Waterlooville, Boro boss Spencer Day had this to say: “They’re resurgent. They’ve got fantastic quality. Their League position is quite frankly ridiculous with where they are and the quality of players they have.”
“Our players have got to take responsibility and get right for a really tough day.”
The Hawks have really struggled for form in 2023. After going into the New Year in second place, Havant & Waterlooville would only go onto win four more games in the last 23 matches of the 2022/23 season, costing them a chance at making the Play-Offs.
This season begun much like the previous season ended, picking up just one win in the opening 22 games – a last-gasp 4-3 win over runaway leaders Yeovil Town.
December has brought good fortune for South East Hampshire side. After sacking Steve King before their game against Dover Athletic, the under 23’s management team came in and instantly turned things around. Three wins on the trot of late have come over Dover Athletic (4-3), Hemel Hempstead Town (2-0), and Taunton Town (3-0).
Havant & Waterlooville have picked up 13 of their 15 points up at home this season, winning four games, drawing once and losing seven times. The Hawks have the worst away record in the League however, picking up no wins, drawing twice and losing 10.
The Yellows were unable to pick up a victory over Havant & Waterlooville last season, losing 1-0 at Westleigh Park, with Jake McCarthy getting the sole goal in the game. Following this was a dramatic 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture. Muhammadu Faal opened the scoring, before Jordan Norville-Williams scored late on to turn the game around. However, Jake McCarthy proved to be a thorn in Boro’s side again grabbing a 92nd minute equaliser to ensure the points were shared.
Let’s end the year on a high and begin the New Year with a win. Come on Farnborough!