Hawks’ clash with Farnborough called off

Hawks boss Lee Bradbury Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury Picture: Dave Haines
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Conference South chiefs have pulled the plug on the Hawks’ home clash with Farnborough on Monday night.

League officials have taken the decision to cancel the fixture after the Cherrywood Road outfit, who have just exited administration, failed to meet certain conditions imposed on them following their brush with potential liquidation.

The ruling also means Farnborough’s opening game of the Conference South season against Chelmsford today has also fallen victim.

The Hawks, who travel to Ebbsfleet United in their season opener, were finalising preparations for the fixture, which was to be their first home game of the campaign.

They will now seek compensation as league officials prepare to meet on Monday to decide how to resolve the situation, with the Yellows’ Conference membership now in doubt.

‘The game has 100 per cent been pulled,’ confirmed Hawks secretary Trevor Brock.

‘Farnborough failed to meet one of the five conditions imposed on them for their continued membership by the Conference.

‘It’s devastating when you lose your opening league game of the season through no fault of your own.

‘But the league had no other choice but to pull the game and I think we have a case for compensation because of how close we are to the date of the game.’

Farnborough have courted other controversy in recent days after agreeing a sponsorship deal with bookmakers Paddy Power that would see players change their names to famous footballers of the past.

Among those involved is former Hawks goalkeeper Kevin Scriven, who would have lined up against his former club as legendary England shot-stopper Gordon Banks.

Other names to be utilised included David Beckham, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi.