WITH a two up, two down system now in place in the Conference, promotion to the Football League could be well within Farnborough Town's grasp.

But with the squad shaping up nicely, it could be off-field affairs that prove the stumbling block for Graham Westley's men back.

Westley's plans on the playing front seem to be shaping up nicely, with the ambitious manager landing 100 per cent of his targets so far.

And it seems it is Westley's focus and ambition are the thing that pulls in the big names, with Dagenham & Redbridge's goal hero Ken Charlery citing it as the main reason for his switch to the AIMITA Stadium.

Danny Carroll was the first to make the move to Boro, from Crawley Town and was quickly followed by Gary Butterworth, the record appearance maker from Rushden & Diamonds.

After a slow start to last year's campaign Boro ended on a high note finishing seventh in their first season back in the top flight.

With the second to fifth placed teams taking part in the play-offs, League football could soon become a reality.

But despite the growing standard of football at Cherrywood Road, it could be the standard of the ground that poses a problem.

The Football League have said that any club whose ground does not meet their standards will not be eligible to play, even if they have finished champions of the Conference.

And it has already been said that it will cost a massive, but undisclosed, six-figure sum to bring the AIMITA stadium up to League standard — possibly up to £250,000.

Towards the end of last season a number of working parties were set up to look into various options that would see Boro playing at a League standard ground. Ideas included a ground share, improvements at the current site or a move to a new site close to junction 4a of the M3.

But as the close season continues, news on the progress of the working parties has been minimal and fears are growing that any prospect of a new site would be hindered by environmental concerns.

The answer to Westley's prayers would have been a ground share, but proposals with both Kingstonian and Woking were thwarted by the Conference, as they were a contravention of its conurbation rule.

The rule means that teams must not move outside the postcode area of the ground.

However, the recent move to Milton Keynes of Wimbledon could set a precedent for other clubs in lower leagues wanting a move.

John Moules, Conference chief executive said: "We are seeking the advice and clarification of the Football Association's legal department.

"As I understand it this was a one-off decision made because Wimbledon have not had a home for 11 years and there was no chance of that changing in their current location.

"The matter is very different from Farnborough's case, where the club was looking to relocate for commercial reasons.

"Farnborough are a classic case of a club that can't attract 500, who want to move to increase their gates.

"I feel that by moving from their traditional homes, clubs risk alienating supporters in their new location.

"I believed Farnborough's attendance's would have fallen at Kingstonian.

"It would have also disadvantaged supporters who have stayed loyal over the years. A club's fan base and history are rooted in their own town. It's hard to move and take that with you."

The promotion shake-up was finally confirmed on Saturday at the League AGM after a £6 million five-year deal was agreed with the Football Association, ending a battle of almost 15 years.

The two promoted teams will receive £35,000 to help them with the jump into League football and each team in the Third Division will get a substantial sum of money at the start of each of the five seasons to cushion the blow should they be relegated to the Conference.

This deal was made all the more important with the recent financial worries of many clubs following the collapse of deals with ITV Digital.

Farnborough's former Chelsea, Brighton and Watford defender Keith Dublin looks set to become player/coach at Ryman League division one club Carshalton Athletic.

The former England youth international spent a successful loan spell at Colston Avenue at the end of last season.

After more than 500 League appearances, Dubbers moved to Boro in July 1999, helping them gain promotion to the Conference.