BOSS Tom Killick expects another "tough" fixture when Farnborough visit the Black Gold Stadium onSaturday (3pm).

Farnborough, currently sitting in the playoffs with four points from their opening two games, are slated as one of the pre-season favourites for promotion from the Southern League South.

Similarly to Poole, they picked up their first victory of the season after their midweek fixture, with the convincing win away at Chesham impressing Killick.

Speaking to the Daily Echo, Killick stated: “That was a good result for them – Chesham are strongly fancied to be in the top five come the end of the season.

“So, to roll them over is no mean feat. I’ve looked at their squad, they’ve made some really good acquisitions including Ricky Holmes from Southend.”

A former Portsmouth and Charlton winger, Holmes surprised many when he rejected the chance to remain in the pro ranks, citing a back injury keeping him from playing full-time.

“Apparently Southend wanted to keep him, but he ended up going to Farnborough," Killick continued.

“I read an article quoting the Southend manager saying that they wanted to keep him and made him an offer, but he chose Farnborough instead.

“The mind boggles a little bit – but good luck to Farnborough, they’re constructing a strong squad, and it’s looking like another tough, tough match for us."

Dolphins survived a late scare to secure all three points against Tiverton last time out, but Killick is expecting more to come from his charges.

He said: "Now that we’ve seen one out, hopefully that gives us a sense of belief and confidence that we can start showing what we can really do.

“Hopefully after the win during midweek, we have that valued confidence that we can take into the game.

“I believe as well as we did in patches, there is still more to come from us.”

Availability-wise Killick expects to have Tony Lee available, who is still nursing a hamstring injury, whilst Josh Carmichael was due to play for Dolphins’ reserves in a bid to boost his match fitness.

Unfortunately for the ex-Cherries midfielder, the midweek game was cancelled, leaving the former Scottish under-19 international a doubt for selection at the weekend.

“We left him (Carmichael) out midweek to give him 90 minutes for the reserves on Wednesday," explained Killick.

"Josh is a strong part of our team, but he hasn’t had a lot of football recently. I think it’s two games and a couple of training sessions since Christmas. He just needs game time at the moment.”