Preview: Tudors look to inflict Valentines Day massacre on Farnborough

Jordan Parkes will be aiming to continue his impressive form. picture (c) Darren Kelly
Jordan Parkes will be aiming to continue his impressive form. picture (c) Darren Kelly

Hemel Hempstead Town will be desperate to continue their push for a playoff place when they travel to Vanarama Conference South strugglers Farnborough on Saturday.

The Tudors go into the game in ninth place in the table, although they have games in hand on the majority of the teams above them.

Dean Brennan’s side are full of confidence at the moment, having won their latest outing 2-1 over Gosport Borough at Vauxhall Road, following a thumping 6-1 victory at Weston Super Mare in their previous fixture.

Farnborough, on the other hand, have been in poor form in the league of late and are currently on a run of five defeats on the spin – including a 4-1 thumping by Hemel at Vaxhall Road last month.

This has seen them slip to second bottom in the table, three points adrift of 19th placed Hayes & Yeading and with only lowly Staines Town below them in the standings.

Victory for the Tudors on Saturday could see them climb to as high as fifth place, if other results were to go their way.

The bookmakers have Brennan’s boys as strong favourites for the clash, with Hemel priced at odds in the region of 8/13, while Farnborough are on offer at around 10/3.

Hemel captain Jordan Parkes believes that his side are fully capable of reaching the playoffs, and Saturday’s game surely goes down as a ‘must-win’ for the Tudors.

Speaking to The Tudor match day programme, Parkes said: “Reaching the playoffs is very realistic and is our aim. We are only a few points off and we’ve got games in hand.

“We have played every team in this league and there is nothing to fear. Every game that we have lost has been our own fault – either by not taking chances at one end or gifting our opponents at the other.

“I feel we have a strong squad and can definitely push for promotion.”