Day shrugs off Farnborough's New Year massacreBy Jon Couch
January 03, 2013
SPENCER DAY spared his shell-shocked Farnborough a New Year dressing down after SIX goals in a crazy 16-minute second-half spell saw them crash to a humiliating derby defeat at Basingstoke Town.
Day described his side’s dominant first-half performance as the best half of football seen away from home all season with captain Alan Inns firing them into a deserved 21st-minute lead.
But in stark contrast, it was soon followed by the worst as striker Delano Sam-Yorke led the Dragons’ response with a four-goal show, either side of strikes from Simon Dunn and ex-Aldershot front man Tim Sills, in a quite surreal 16 minutes at the Camrose.
Reece Connolly stopped the rot with a second goal for Boro 14 minutes from time, but the damage had long been done as Day was left licking his wounds at a rather unexpected mauling from a side languishing in the Blue Square South bottom two.
Day’s attentions now turn to securing centre-back Dean Inman on a second loan spell from Hampton & Richmond this week ahead of Saturday’s trip to Billericay Town, while the deal to sign Curtley Williams from Lowestoft has hit a snag.
But the Boro chief says his interest is bolstering his back line has nothing to do with the New Years’ Day implosion, conceding defeat as a “bad day at the office”.
“It was 15 minutes of madness,” Day said. “For 44 minutes that was our best away performance of the season.
“Then we give away a soft penalty, they blaze it over the bar and we go in at half-time still happy to be in front but in the knowledge it could have been two or three-nil.
“But what happened next was just insane. Everything they hit went in and we completely fell apart and got blown away. It was a bonkers game.
“But I’m not going to have a go at my players for that. It’s just a blip, you’ve got to look at the bigger picture and get some realism into the situation.
“We are in a temporary state of administration, we have no money, a small squad and competing in the higher reaches with clubs with much bigger budgets. Good times were always going to be intermittent with tough ones.
“My players have performed wonders for me. This game has gone now, and we move on.”
Defeat was even harder to take given Boro’s reasonably comfortable 2-1 success in the first derby clash on Boxing Day.
An eighth-minute opener from captain Alan Inns and a cool finish from striker Dave Tarpey three minutes later put the hosts in complete control, but they failed to finish off the visitors and were made to sweat after Wes Daly halved the deficit 13 minutes from time.
Day’s men held on comfortably though and came within a whisker of bagging a killer third goal but Nic Ciardini’s late free-kick cannoned off the post.
Day’s hopes for a bigger budget to play with for the January transfer window was hit by loss of revenue from Saturday’s eagerly-awaited visit of leaders Salisbury City, which was postponed two hours before kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch.
BORO (NYD): Bradshaw, Huggins, Treacher, Bosch, Inns, Jones (Abalimba 66), Bennett, Laidler, Connolly (Moody 83), Tarpey, Ciardini (Hammond 66). Subs: Salami, Norris.