Spencer Day issued a 'back us or watch us in the Ryman League' warning to Boro fans after just 313 turned up to watch their damaging 2-1 defeat at home to Staines Town.

The troubled Farnborough boss spelt out the club's plight after fine individual performances from Phil Page and Dan Bennett were not enough to prevent the visitors from completing their first league win away from home this term, two months after they were knocked out of the FA Trophy by the same side.

“We've just got no money and can't compete at this level,” groaned Day. “We've got players who, credit to them, we've let go and they've come back for £30 a week.

“When you see the attendance we had here on a beautiful January day against a local team, you think what more can we do?

“We need supporters to turn up. If they are not coming through the turnstiles and giving us an income what do they expect?

"There's a big belief at this club that we should pay our way properly and that's what we are doing and even that's requiring owners to put up money.

“If you want to run a team on 313 fans at home on a [glorious] day like this then you are going to be Ryman South or a very bottom Ryman Premier side at best, without someone sticking in a lot of money. It's definitely tough times for us.”

Boro, with Bennett a constant menace in and around Swans' box, was tormentor in chief in a first half that was end to end, although Day thought his team “dominated.”

On a boggy surface, it was more paddy field than Paddy Power Park but after Page had come close twice - the returning Merrick James-Lewis looked to have opened the scoring five minutes before half time but his goalbound shot was prevented from going in two yards off the line when it hit team-mate Tyrone Berry.

It sparked a flurry of activity and a two-goal spell in the final three minutes of the half. When Calum Willock was thwarted by Dan Lincoln with just the Boro keeper to beat, it was the hosts' turn to receive a let-off but a minute later, James-Lewis's suicidal back-pass let in Willock again and this time he rounded Lincoln to score.

Page's wickedly deflected shot from distance immediately brought parity and there was every reason to believe Boro would be equally competitive after the break.

Day's men stopped playing though, standing off and allowing Staines to control the tempo while Lincoln was blamed by Day for Swans' 74th minute winner.

He failed to come for sub Max Worsfold's looping corner and he compounded matters by letting Chris M'Boungou's six-yard header slipped through his hands and in.

A late flurry could not save Day's side and he added: “We're in a terrible rut but we have the second worst budget in the division and we are getting close to dear old Dorchester budget-wise.

“We can't compete when we are playing teams with three, four, five, six, seven and eight times our budget.

“If people saw our budget I think a lot of them would laugh their heads off. I have to say to players if you can't come for free, or £30 fuel money, you aren't coming.”