Monday, March 7, 2011

Farnborough FC gets off to good start


I have been a fan of this game back to when it was still called Championship Manager. I was looking for a team to manage in one of the conference leagues, and noticed Farnborough being listed in Blue Square South. My knowledge of Farnborough was pretty much limited to the fact that there is a huge airshow there every year. In the late 80s a Mig-29 crashed there during a demonstration.

This was mostly started as a test run to playing with the latest edition of Football Manager. I didn’t know anything about the club, so I jumped right in. Finances are such that I couldn’t really do anything with the squad so I just tried to get familiar with the players during our friendlies. I did pick up a couple young players though to try and bolster the squad, grabbing a striker, a midfielder, and a center back.

Our pre-season friendlies went horribly with the boys only salvaging 1 point in 7 games. It was looking like the board’s decision to hire me was going to be a mistake and my stint as manager was going to be short.

We opened the season away at Braintree. Braintree jumped to an early lead, but we leveled a few minutes later. We then managed to score the winning goal early in the 2nd half and hold on for an opening day victory.


A few days later we opened at home against Ebbsfleet. In this game we were taking a lot more shots, and opened the scoring in the 20th minute. Ebbsfleet leveled in the 76th minute, but Dean McDonald saved the day for Farnborough scoring in the 90th minute to grab the 3 points.


We finished the week off with a home fixture against Dartford. It was a pretty tame affair with the only goal coming in the 76th minute from Kezie Ibe.


So we are sitting atop the table at the moment with Eastleigh and Maidenhead with a full 9 points after 3 games. Our goal is to finish mid-table so this is a pleasant beginning to the season for the club.

Next up we travel to Weston-super-Mare.

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