Boro beaten but still flying like Wings, Day saysBy Jon Couch
February 21, 2013
SPENCER DAY hailed his Farnborough young guns after giving rampant Welling United the fright of their lives.
Day’s side took the game to their high-flying hosts for long spells of their Blue Square South clash on Tuesday night (February 19), only to be handed a lesson in stout defending and clinical finishing as the Wings went top of the table.
Centre back Anthony Acheampong headed Welling in front on 39 minutes after Jack Obersteller’s free kick was turned back in by Ben Martin.
And Welling wrapped up victory midway through the second half with a brilliant finish into the top corner from striker Ross Lafayette.
But Reece Connolly and Dave Tarpey both had their chances to earn Boro a deserved share of the spoils, and Day left Park View Road content in the knowledge his side had more than matched the best in the division yet again.
“I thought we were the better team for long spells and out-passed Welling,” Day said.
“In the end though we were outdone by a very good team going for the title and our inexperience cost us.
"Welling were ruthless and that's a big lesson to us.
“Overall though I was genuinely very pleased with the way we played and if we play like that in our next two home games [Eastbourne Borough on Saturday and AFC Hornchurch next week], then nine times out of 10 we will win them and that will be massive for us.”
Day used the occasion to introduce two new loan signings to his starting line-up, goalkeeper Ross Worner, brought in for a month from neighbours Aldershot Town, and holding midfielder Matt Ball, who arrives from League One Stevenage.
Worner, now back fighting for the No.1 shirt at Aldershot after suffering a long-term back injury, looked assured between the sticks, while Ball put in an impressive shift alongside Steve Laidler and Fulham new boy Tom Donegan in the heart of the Boro midfield.
“The new boys did well,” Day added. “It was a tight deal with Aldershot to get Ross in and I'm grateful to them for that.
"It’s hard on Jamie Norris but with nine matches coming up in the next 30 days or so I felt we needed to bring in an experienced goalkeeper to consolidate our place in this league.
"I’ve sat him down and spoken to him and no doubt his chance will come.
“Matt too comes highly recommended. We’ve had to beg, borrow and steal and we're not paying him a penny, so it's great to have a player of that quality on board.”
Both now go into the squad for the visit of Eastbourne Borough on Saturday – and Day is hoping they will inspire his side to a repeat of Saturday’s impressive 4-1 home success over Hayes & Yeading.