Farnborough manager Spencer Day set to turn to the loan market or a club Academy prospect for emergency defensive cover
Spencer Day has been left to deal with a defensive crisis after Tuesday night’s cup victory over Newport IW was marred by a bad injury to Alfred Bosch.
The versatile Spaniard suffered damage to his cruciate ligament after going down in an innocuous challenge five minutes from the end of the Hampshire Senior Cup tie.
He is now expected to be out for six to eight weeks, leaving Day with a defensive dilemma ahead of this Saturday’s trip to Tonbridge Angels and beyond.
The boss is already without Adam Doyle, who misses the next three games due to work commitments, while centre-back partner Alan Inns sat out last weekend's 2-1 home defeat by Hayes & Yeading with a side strain.
It means Day has been forced to enter the loan market and is hopeful of bringing in cover from a top Conference Premier club.
Should that not materialise, Day may give a first league start to Frenchman Djibril Fofana – who joined the club along with goalkeeping coach Matt Lovett last week after suffering an injury in a pre-season trial – or 18-year-old Academy starlet Jesse Bowers, who impressed on his first appearance for the club on Tuesday night.
“Losing another defender was just what we didn’t want,” a frustrated Day said after Tuesday night’s 4-1 victory, which came courtesy of two goals apiece for Dave Tarpey and Phil Page.
“It was a really innocuous challenge but it looks a bad one. To say we are light at the back is an understatement.
“It’s a shame because it took the gloss off a good night for us. It was a comfortable win and was nice to give some of the Academy lads a good run-out.
"I learned a lot and I think it’s important for these lads to see that, when appropriate, they will get their chance.”
Day is also without suspended striker Reece Connolly for Saturday's trip to Tonbridge, although he does welcome back Steve Laidler who sat out his one-match ban on Tuesday night for picking up five bookings.
Boro go in search of their first away win of the season and despite their mounting injury problems, Day believes his squad has enough depth to finally break their duck.
“They are a big, physical side and we are the walking wounded, but we don’t fear anyone,” he said.
“We were unlucky to lose on Saturday, if we can take that kind of form away from home then I expect us to get that first away win.”
That Hayes defeat, in front of an encouraging crowd of 714 at Paddy Power Park, came courtesy of Jack Mills’ injury-time penalty after substitute Tarpey lunged in to bring down Hayes’ Jeffrey Mitchell on the edge of the box.
Josh Huggins headed Boro into a 12th-minute lead from Scott Donnelly’s corner for his third goal of the season, while Page fired an effort against the post after the break following a fine sweeping move involving Dan Bennett and Connolly.
Hayes, though, were not without their chances either also and, in truth, were worthy of their 78th-minute equaliser – a deflected effort from ex-Aldershot man Louis Soares.
“We deserved at least a 1-1 but then we’ve given away a very soft penalty at the end and ended up with nothing.
"It was harsh because we didn’t play that badly at all,” Day added.