Farnham Town manager Paul Johnson hopes his side can finish the season with silverware as they get ready to face Balham in the Southern Combination Cup final.
Town will entertain fellow Combined Counties Premier Division South outfit Balham at The Memorial Ground in the final next Wednesday (May 10). Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
The match will be streamed live on the club’s YouTube channel for those who are unable to attend.
Town saw off Combined Counties Premier Division North outfit Virginia Water 3-1 after extra time in a dramatic semi-final last Friday night (April 28), and Johnson expects to have a strong squad available for next week’s final against Balham.
“Hopefully we will have a strong squad,” said Johnson.
“I think they will all be available. The only one who potentially might not be is Lamar Koroma, who played through an injury in the semi-final – so credit to him.
“Lamar came off – the injury was hurting him and he had to. He’s not the type who would just come off, so it’s a little bit worrying, but hopefully he’s got enough time to recover and be fit for the final.”
Farnham will head into the Southern Combination Cup final in excellent form.
Friday’s semi-final victory followed a ten-match unbeaten run in the league – a run which included seven wins and three draws.
Town had big ambitions at the start of the season, although some shaky form led to previous manager Sean Birchnall resigning. However, since Johnson arrived in November the improvement has been clear to see, and the boss hopes his side can have a cup to show for their efforts.
“The season started with a bit of optimism, which turned a bit sour, but we’ve come in and we’re all on the same page,” said Johnson.
“It’s taken a bit of time for us to change it, but we’re all pushing for the right things.
“There’s one more game now and then we can have a break and recharge – but we’ll give it a right go and it will be a good night for everyone.”
Farnham will be hoping for a repeat of their previous encounter against Balham, when they won a see-saw league encounter 3-2 at The Memorial Ground at the end of March.
Balham are renowned for their passing style of football, and Johnson is expecting a difficult game for his side.
“We played Balham a few weeks ago – they’re a good passing side and it will be another tough test for us,” said Johnson. “We’ll have to be on our game and have our game plan right to beat them.”