THE unlikely prospect of a pre-season friendly, yes friendly, between Boro and the Shots may just be on the cards.

The two clubs are in talks to bring supporters together one more time in a bid to prepare themselves for their respective league campaigns.

The last time the two clubs played in a pre-season friendly was at the start of the 1998/99 season, when it was decided the teams would play for an annual Rushmoor Trophy.

But Farnborough's subsequent relegation that season meant that both teams were competing in the same division, so Farnborough's 4-2 victory in August 1998 remained the only time that competition was played.

But now with Boro back in Conference football, it seems the perfect opportunity for the two to pit their wits against one another again, with both clubs reaping the rewards of an expected large crowd.

Shots manager Terry Brown said: "It is a possibility. It could be at either ground, we are exploring both avenues.

"I am keen on it and I think Graham Westley is. Boro approached us and it would be a good fixture for both clubs. I think Boro will do very well next season in the Conference and we want to play against that sort of quality. I don't have a problem with the fixture and it would be a great test for us. The only problem is trying to fix a date.

"The game with Chelsea is open-ended and we still haven't decided what date that is yet. We also have work to do on the pitch before August but it is something we would like to see happen."