Trophy woe will give Boro a 'kick up the backside'By Jon Couch
November 29, 2012
SPENCER DAY insists Saturday's FA Trophy humiliation will not derail Farnborough's storming start to the season – but he hopes it will give some of his players a much-needed kick up the backside.
Despondent Day looked on helplessly as his Boro side were put to the sword by ruthless Woking on a day to forget at rain-lashed Kingfield.
Two-goal shows from on-loan pair Jayden Stockley and Billy Knott, plus an own goal and strikes from Brett Williams and Gavin McCallum, compounded the misery for Boro, who but for the heroics of goalkeeper Craig Bradshaw would have gone down by much more than 7-0.
While the slick performance of the home side highlighted the obvious gulf in class between the Blue Square Premier and South divisions, it was the manner of the defeat which most upset boss Day, with his side – top scorers in their division – failing to register a shot on goal all afternoon.
Six wins from their last eight matches had seen Boro climb to the dizzy heights of fifth in the Blue Square South table – technically just 12 places lower than the Cards.
But with the playing budget as tight as ever, Day refrained from lambasting his over-achieving Boro troops for their lifeless display, although he admitted the heavy defeat may actually give some of his players a wake-up call.
“My players have done fantastically well this season,” Day said. "The budget we are working to is Ryman South budget so I’m not going to slag into my players, it was just one of those days.
“It’s a reality check for us, we are not as good as people think we are. One or two of my players are starting to get a bit ahead of themselves and that will bring them rocketing down to earth.
“People start mentioning silly phrases about where Farnborough are, we are on life support, on and off the pitch. We are doing fantastically well and this defeat doesn't change that.
“We need to have some realism of where we are. We’ve had a very harsh lesson and it hurts, it really hurts, as it does for the fans who turned up in horrible conditions to watch us.
With Chelmsford City playing in FA Cup, Boro have a Saturday off from league action this weekend, but with a small dose of revenge in mind, Day will name a strong squad to lock horns with Woking again in a reserve fixture at Cherrywood Road (ko 3pm).
FARNBOROUGH: Bradshaw, Huggins, Treacher, Inns, Inman, Jones (Bosch 59), Bennett, Laidler (Tarpey 59), Connolly (Abalimba 59), Hammond, Ciardini. Subs: Moody, Norris.
Ref: Wayne Barratt. Att: 979.