Farnborough are back in action this week, in search of their first win of the year as they take on Welling United at the Saunders Transport Community Stadium.
It’s been a difficult start to 2024 for The Yellows, losing 2-4 at home to Havant & Waterlooville on New Year’s Day and a 2-1 defeat away at St Albans City last time out, with Hady Ghandour’s 89th minute strike coming too little too late to mount a comeback. The poor start to the year has left Farnborough 14th in The Vanarama National League South table.
Upcoming opponents Welling United caused a major shock in their last fixture. Playing National League leaders Chesterfield in the Fourth Round of The Isuzu FA Trophy, where goals from David Kamara and Enoch Muwonge gave The Wings a place in the Round of 16.
Welling United’s League form, however, has been very poor. Tuesday’s visitors have gone seven games without a victory; their last win was a shock 4-1 victory over runaway League leaders Yeovil Town at the end of November. Danny Bloor’s side sit 22nd in the table, nine points from safety.
Boro boss Spencer Day had this to say about his side’s opponents this week: “On their day they’re very, very good. I’m not going to hide around it, they’re struggling.
“We’re in that sort of form at the moment, quite frankly, with a number of injuries still, but ultimately it’s a very tough game.”
When the two sides met back in October, Dan Gifford’s 90th minute equaliser gave The Yellows a point on the road. Dominic Odusanya opened the scoring in the 27th minute for The Wings before Olly Pendlebury hit back in the 45th minute. TJ Bramble thought he had stolen all three points with his 87th minute goal, however Gifford was able to equalise just three minutes later to ensure the points were shared.
Welling United’s away form this season has been poor. They have only picked up eight points on the road this term, with their only win coming against Tonbridge Angels at the end of August last year.
It’s been a difficult start to 2024. Let’s put it right and get our first win of the new year. Come on Farnborough!