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Eight players out in Farnborough's festive injury crisis

Boss Spencer Day is  hoping to sign an emergency goalkeeper after injuries to top two choices


Spencer Day is hoping for some festive spirit from Conference chiefs this week after being plunged into another goalkeeper crisis.

The Farnborough boss has both No.1 Kevin Scriven and back-up coach Matt Lovett injured for Saturday's visit of bottom club Dorchester Town, while the club are currently operating under a transfer embargo.

Day was forced to field outfield player Nic Ciardini in goal towards the end of last season after being refused permission to bring in an emergency keeper.

This time, however, he is confident he can satisfy the requirements of league chiefs to have the embargo lifted in time to sign a new shot-stopper to ease the burden of 17-year-old rookie Ryan Hope, who remains his only available option.

“It’s not like last time, I’m hoping the situation can be resolved this week,” Day said.

“I’m hoping to have the transfer embargo lifted and to bring in a couple of new faces, but it’s proving difficult because managers do not want to let players go in December.

“I’ve got two or three options for an emergency keeper, one in particular I’m very interested in following up.”

Day’s men enjoyed a rare day off on Saturday owing to Dover’s FA Trophy commitments, and that helped ease a growing injury crisis which saw no fewer than eight of his first-team squad carrying knocks at one stage.

Goalkeepers aside, captain Alan Inns is his biggest concern for the visit of Dorchester so highly-rated academy starlet Courtney Fearn stand by for a second first-team start in a defence which is also missing the suspended Adam Doyle.

Although grateful for the weekend off, Day at least got some minutes in the legs on Tuesday night when a strong Farnborough side over-powered Wessex League side Bemerton Heath Harlequins 4-0 in the Russell Cotes Cup.

Goals from Elvis Hammond, Phil Page, Josh Huggins and Dave Tarpey wrapped up a comfortable victory for Boro and the boss added: “It was a nice blow out for us and good to get some of the forwards on the scoresheet.

“We desperately needed a weekend off after playing a ridiculous amount of games in a short space of time, now we go again for what is a very busy Christmas period.”

BORO: Hope, Fearn, Doyle (Bowers 76), Donnelly, Southern, Fofana (Francis 55), Bennett, Laidler, Page, Hammond (Huggins 58), Tarpey. Subs: Treacher, Monan.


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