Farnham Town manager Paul Johnson is hoping a big crowd can pack The Memorial Ground tomorrow (Friday) night to cheer his side on in their Southern Combination Cup semi-final at home to Virginia Water.
Town face a Virginia Water side who are in sixth place in the Combined Counties Premier Division North and have enjoyed a solid season.
“Hopefully we can have another good crowd on Friday night,” said Johnson. “We always get good support.
“Virginia Water are a good side, so I know it will be tough.
“It’s a home game, and the final will be at home, so that’s another incentive for us.
“Lamar Koroma is the only player missing so we should have a strong squad. We will be up for it.”
Johnson’s side finished their Combined Counties Premier Division South campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Colliers Wood United on Saturday.
The visitors took the lead early on through William Kendall’s volley, but Farnham equalised on 42 minutes when Max Meaton headed home from Richie Mbele’s corner.
Town were unable to find a winner, though, as they had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Johnson was disappointed by the quality on display against Colliers Wood United.
“It was a typical end-of-season game,” he said. “There was a real lack of quality or intensity right from the start.
“Hopefully the cup semi-final on Friday night was in the players’ minds. Maybe they were trying to not get injured.
“Our delivery is always good on set pieces. Lewis Flatman got the flick on and Max finished it off to make it 1-1.
“There were a few other half-chances, but not a lot happened.”
The draw means Farnham have finished their league campaign with a ten-match unbeaten run – a run which has included seven wins and three draws.
“It is good to continue the unbeaten run and be ten games unbeaten in the league,” said Johnson.
“We’ve kept the run going since the Badshot Lea home game. We showed then what we’re about and we’ve been consistent since then.”
Off the pitch, Owen Dean has signed a new contract to keep him at Farnham for the 2023-24 season. The youngster came through the youth ranks at The Memorial Ground.
“Owen’s new contract is a good sign for all the youngsters,” said Johnson. “They will get the opportunity to play here if they are good enough.”