Farnborough FC's Vanarama South campaign starts on Saturday with a trip to Hertfordshire side, Boreham Wood.
News & Mail sports editor, Jon Couch, looks at why Boro fans can be cheerful should be optimistic ahead of the new campaign despite all the naysayers who predict that Farnborough are one of the favourites do slide through the Vanarama South trap door.
After years in the doldrums, things are suddenly on the up at Farnborough FC. With the bar and Farney's Cafe is full swing and a ground share agreement with Reading Ladies proving successful, revenue streams are up and the best stadium in Vanarama Conference South is looking the best it has ever looked in time for the new season.
Battling the odds
With a shoestring budget and a young, inexperienced squad, Farnborough are many people's favourites for the drop in Conference South this season. But that is music to the ears of manager Spencer Day and his men who have battled against adversity before and are ready to prove the doubters wrong again.
Often we are told not to pay too much attention to pre-season, but there were so many positives to take from Farnborough's summer of transition that it's hard not to. Slowly but surely a youthful and exciting squad of players has emerged at Cherrywood Road and suddenly the long-suffering fans have room for optimism again.
The 3-5-2 formation employed by Spencer Day at the back end of last season remains flavour of the month and the boss has signed players particularly with this system in mind. In Paul Rodgers and Olly Treacher, Day has two energetic wing backs who give the side balance. New captain Lewis Ferrell is key to this formation on the left of defence, while defensive kingpin Darryl Siaw, at just 19 years old, is coming of age.
With a new-look squad such as this, creating the kind of team spirit which Farnborough have had in abundance in the past, is vital. It is a very young squad but there is a good feel about the place right now and an air of confidence that hasn't been seen for some time. They are a squad in unity and raring to go.