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SUPPORTERS of Woking will also be Farnborough Town fans come 3pm on Saturday, in the hope that Graham Westley's men can continue their fine recent form and ease their own relegation fears.

SUPPORTERS of Woking will also be Farnborough Town fans come 3pm on Saturday, in the hope that Graham Westley's men can continue their fine recent form and ease their own relegation fears.

The Cards are currently stuck right in the middle of a dogfight at the foot of the Conference table and while manager Geoff Chapple prepares for the vital six-pointer at Stalybridge Celtic, he'll be hoping that local rivals Boro can take the points off fellow strugglers Scarborough at the AIMITA Stadium.

And the good news for the Kingfield crew is that Westley is ready and willing to oblige, although he won't be doing it just to guarantee a local derby next season.

He said: "There's only one club we'll be out to do a favour on Saturday and that's us.

"We've come a long way and it's paying dividends, I don't want that to stop now.

"I'm sure Woking will be pleased that it's us playing Scarborough on Saturday.

"We've had this situation recently when we played Hayes. They fought for their lives and put in that little extra effort, which we expect Scarborough to do on Saturday.

"But these clubs are down the bottom because of their performances throughout the season and we are where we are because of ours. I expect that to be the main issue."

Westley is also seeking revenge on Saturday after losing a highly-controversial clash at the McCain Stadium earlier in the season.

Scarborough entertained Boro back in November in boss Russell Slade's first game in charge.

Slade brought in four new faces for the game, but one of them, goalkeeper Mark Smith, hadn't been registered in time and as a result the Seadogs were deducted a point.

The decision by the Conference committee enraged Westley, who had legitimate claims for all three points, and to this day, still hasn't forgotten the incident.

He added: "The principle of a club being beaten by another playing an ineligible player is one which still sticks in my throat today.

"They didn't suffer on that occasion, they still earned two points on the day and us, as the victims, earned nothing.

"When Heybridge Swifts played an ineligible player against us in the Ryman League Cup, we were awarded the tie and they were thrown out of the competition.

"This, however, is an issue I have with the Conference, not Scarborough, and there has been no bad feeling between the clubs."

Meanwhile, Westley has admitted for the first time that goalkeeper Steve Farrelly has left the club, although he refused to comment on the circumstances behind the decision.

Instead, Westley is expected to pursue the permanent signing of Tony Pennock, although that could depend on the uncertain future of Billy Turley, who is ousting Pennock out of the number one shirt at Rushden & Diamonds.

Pennock is enjoying his time at Farnborough and has impressed with a series of fine performances between the sticks, edging out Darren Bonfield for the keeper's jersey.

But the most pleasing aspect of the recent rise up the Conference table — Boro currently lie seventh — is the form of his front men.

Westley has openly stated that all of his strikers are playing for their futures at the club and the response has been magnificent — Boro netting 17 goals in their last four games.

While Christian Lee remains the number one choice at present, both Joff Vansittart and Lenny Piper have upped their game and got among the goals, leaving the likes of Gary Crawshaw, Miguel de Souza and Rocky Baptiste waiting in the wings for their chance to impress.

Westley commented: "Christian, Joff and Lenny are making a real go of it, aren't they?

"Lenny has been under pressure for his place but has really upped the anti and is now performing at a higher level.

"Joff, too, is not used to being on the bench and has knuckled down to bring his performance up also.

"The others will be disappointed with the amount of wins we have amassed while they have been in the team and will be looking to take their chance with both hands if they get it."

The good news for Boro this weekend is that Barry Laker trained during their Saturday off at the weekend and looks set to return to the line-up after a slight knock.

Justin Gregory, who, like Laker, was also injured in the recent Hayes game, didn't train, but may also return.

Darren Annon and Mark Harper stand by.

l Farnborough Town have arranged their first pre-season friendly for next year — even before the end of this season.

Boro will take on Nationwide League division three side Leyton Orient on Sunday August 4 at the AIMITA Stadium, ko 3pm.


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