Men's First Team
National League South · Att: 980 Tue 20 February Saunders Transport Community Stadium
Torquay Utd

Farnborough are back at the Saunders Transport Community Stadium for their third consecutive home game, as Gary Johnson’s Torquay United make the trip from Devon.

Boro won late last time out, beating Truro City 3-2 in a very exciting encounter. Aaron Kuhl opened the scoring in the 26th minute, converting from the penalty spot. Ed Palmer equalised in the 38th minute and the half ended at 1-1. It took until the 72nd minute for The Yellows to take the lead again as Ricky Holmes scored the third goal of the game. But again, Truro City hit back and substitute Adam Porter made it 2-2 with 13 minutes remaining. Hady Ghandour was Boro’s hero as the Aldershot Town loanee won it in the 90th minute. The win lifted Farnborough into 14th in the table.

Torquay United have struggled since the Christmas period, only picking up one win in their last 11 games; a 1-0 home win over Dover Athletic. The Gulls’ previous game ended in a 0-1 defeat away at 10-man Braintree Town. Former Farnborough striker Alfie Pavey was sent off in the 26th minute for the hosts, but that didn’t help give Torquay United any advantage. Tom Blackwell’s 54th minute strike gave Braintree Town the win and condemned Gary Johnson’s men to their fifth successive defeat. The Gulls dropped to 12th in the table.

Despite Torquay United’s poor form of late, Boro boss Spencer Day admitted his side have to be cautious: “They’re having a tough time, but they can beat pretty much any team, except probably the top two in the division, comfortably when they’re on it.”

“We need to make sure we keep them down. If we attack the way we can attack, we have a chance. We will need to be at our very best, and we know that.”

The Devon outfit have struggled on the road this season, picking up 14 points in 15 away games, with four wins, two draws and nine defeats. Their last away victory came back in November, beating Eastbourne Borough 4-1.

When the two sides met in the reverse fixture, The Gulls showed their quality, picking up a 3-0 win over The Yellows. Striker Aaron Jarvis scored the first and third goals, with Bradley Ash picking up the second. Jack Ball was sent off in the last minute for Farnborough, giving away a penalty that Aaron Jarvis scored.

Another important home game. Let’s build on these last two wins and keep up a winning February. Come on Farnborough!