Farnborough's first two Conference South fixtures postponed

Farnborough's first two games of the Conference South season have been postponed, with the club yet to meet the league's criteria.

The Hampshire side came out of administration this week following a consortium buy-out.

However, they were asked for a £100,000 bond and for other conditions to be met before starting the campaign.

A Football Conference spokesman told BBC Surrey that Boro had failed to meet a deadline on Friday.

Farnborough's opening two games at home to Chelmsford City and away to Havant & Waterlooville, originally scheduled for Saturday and Monday, will now be re-arranged.

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The new company do not satisfy our membership criteria

Football Conference spokesman

The Conference said the Boro FC Ltd consortium, headed by Farnborough manager Spencer Day and Robert Prince, were not able to meet the criteria to transfer membership of the league to the new company before the deadline.

"The new company do not satisfy our membership criteria," the spokesman said,

"We cannot recognise Boro FC Ltd so the Newco is not a member of the Conference. We will now review this on Monday."

After exiting administration on Tuesday, Farnborough announced details of a new one-year, six-figure sponsorship deal which they claim will see first-team players change their names via deed poll to those of footballing legends.

The club described the demand of the £100,000 bond from the Conference as "staggering", but said sponsors Paddy Power had agreed to pay the sum on their behalf. 

On Friday, a spokesman for the club told BBC Surrey they were taking stock of the information from the Conference and would respond in due course.