City travel to face newly promoted Farnborough on Saturday with supporters hoping for further success on the road following the remarkable victory at Eastbourne and the deserved point at Hampton.
We were regular opponents of The Boro in the 1990s and in the three seasons up to 2015 before they dropped down two levels soon afterwards. However, manager Spencer Day has overseen two promotions, and they return to this level courtesy of a win against Hayes and Yeading in May’s Southern League Premier South play-off final. In their league campaign, Farnborough had finished third behind champions Taunton Town.
City certainly have a very favourable record against the Hampshire club, having won ten of the last sixteen meetings since 1991, including six victories in a row.
Our last visit to Cherrywood Road was in 2015 when Nick McCootie, Ross Stearn, Andy Watkins and Frankie Artus shared the goals in a resounding 7-2 win. This result came just a month after the two clubs equalled the record goals aggregate for this league with McCootie netting four in a 7-4 home triumph for City.
Farnborough currently lie in 19th place with four points, all of which were won at home having beaten Taunton and drawn with Dulwich.
One familiar face in their lineup could be defender Freddie Grant who played for City during the curtailed season of 2020/21 before appearing for Slough against us last season.
Those who haven’t visited Cherrywood Road since the 1990s may be surprised to see how much it has been transformed with cover on all sides, an impressive grandstand and extensive seating opposite and behind one goal. It must rate as one of the best appointed in this division.
Ticket details can be found on the Farnborough website but note that there is a booking fee if you buy online.
The 95 mile trip from Bath will take around two hours. The Supporters Club are running a large coach and full details can be found on its website.
The train journey from Bath Spa will take around 1.5 hours, changing at Reading, before a one mile walk to the ground from Farnborough North station.
This is one of the closer destinations in the league for travelling City fans and following the difficulties of getting to the opening away fixtures, it is hoped there will be a good turnout to support the team on Saturday.