Farnham Town entertain Combined Counties whipping boys Sheerwater today (Saturday) – but no-one is expecting a stroll in the park and goals galore.
Sheerwater lost 7-0 to Jersey Bulls and then 6-0 to Badshot Lea in their last two outings – but that means nothing to Town manager Sean Birchnall.
“We won’t be under-estimating anyone – not in this league. You can’t,” he said.
“Just look at the table – Banstead are bottom and they managed to draw against Badshot Lea. Regardless of chances created and possession, the result was a draw – you can’t under-estimate anybody at this level of football. And we won’t.
“We have to be on our guard. Against Jersey they were still in it at half-time and had a couple of chances, and against Badshot Lea on Saturday at half-time they were only 1-0 down.
“We will be on our guard but we shouldn’t worry about them, we have to focus on our own game.
“We have to make sure we prepare properly and play to our strengths and get the result we are after.
“We expect Sheerwater to set up differently as they have let in 13 goals in their past two games, so that’s something we will have to anticipate.
“But as a team we are more where we want to be.
“We have full availability – we have a couple of long-term injuries but apart from that we have a full squad.”
Town won 4-0 at Croydon last Saturday (October 15) and Birchnall admitted: “It wasn’t pretty – but we had a game plan to work to.
“A lot of people don’t take the environment into account but I think it’s key – we knew what we were up against.
“Croydon aren’t a bad side in any shape or form and they will cause a few teams a few problems.
“We made some tactical changes to put people where we thought they would do best, and got control of the game.
“We went 2-0 up and they had a man sent off on the half-time whistle, when he grabbed Kelvin Camara around the throat – it was over nothing and the referee sent him off, and rightly so.
“They went to 3-4-2 which we didn’t expect and they gave it a right go but we scored the third, which knocked the wind out of them.
“It was a good all-round performance and the subs made an impact again, with Connor Young coming off the bench and scoring again.
“It was good to see Ashley Lloyd get forward to score twice.
“He did really well – he gets around and breaks things up, he blocks and he screens, and then gets goals.”
And then next Tuesday Farnham entertain neighbours Alton at The Memorial Ground.
“Alton have had a good turnaround lately and their match against Raynes Park Vale on Saturday will be a good indication of where they are,” said Birchnall.
“We have a couple of ex-Alton players here – Luke Perkins is still out so won’t be able to pay a part but there’s still Rob Carr and Liam Flanagan.
“There’s always a bit of an edge with players who are up against their former clubs but they have to control that and go out and enjoy it.”