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Farnborough boss Spencer Day won't panic after three straight defeats

Spencer Day is backing his new-look Farnborough to recover from a stuttering start to the season, which has yielded three straight defeats

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Dan Bennett's return has so far proved to be a positive for Farnborough

Optimistic Spencer Day says he refuses to press the panic button just yet despite seeing his Farnborough side crash to a third successive defeat.

A heavily-deflected first-half strike from James Comley capped another frustrating afternoon for Boro, who now sit second from bottom in the Vanarama South table, still awaiting their first point of the new campaign.

It doesn’t get any easier for Day’s men, who now face two games in 48 hours this weekend with Saturday’s tricky trip to Ryman League champions Wealdstone followed by the visit of bang-in-form rivals Basingstoke Town at Cherrywood Road on Monday.

But the boss insists he has seen enough from his new-look side to suggest a swift turnaround in form, and is urging worried fans not to panic. 

“There’s plenty for the fans to be encouraged and positive about,” Day said. “We could quite easily be sat here with four or six points out of nine and that represents a decent start for anybody.

"We’ve had three tight games against tough sides. I’d be more concerned if we weren't taking chances, we are not far away at all.

“Saturday was frustrating because we certainly deserved at least a point, if not all three. It was much the same as Weston-super-Mare really, we had the chances to win it but we’re just lacking a bit of quality in the final third at the moment.

“I don’t need to change an awful lot at this stage. The players are young and learning all the time and there’s a great spirit in the dressing room. It’s very early days still and it is slowly coming together. It’s just a case of taking any chances when we get them and getting that bit more luck go our way.”

Maybe, a bit of luck could arrive from the treatment room where striker Phil Page was expected to spend the majority of his time over the next few weeks after limping off with a groin injury on Saturday.

But, it seems Boro’s key frontman could be back earlier than expected although his personal insistence that he may be fit for this weekend’s Bank Holiday double-header are not entirely shared by the club’s medics.

Day also has an injury concern over youngster CJ Fearn, who is shaking off a long-term knock, so could bring in 6ft 4in centre-half Kurtis Spencer, formerly of AFC Wimbledon, for his Farnborough debut on Saturday having sat on the bench at the weekend.

Spencer is one of a number of trialists who will be looking to catch Day’s eye in a behind-closed-doors game arranged by the club early next week with added competition in the squad still desired.

Indeed, beefing up the back division is high on Day’s priority list, but there wasn't a great deal they could do to prevent Comley giving St Albans a fortuitous lead on 41 minutes. His shot from just outside the box took a wicked deflection off Boro captain Lewis Ferrell before spinning past the clutches of keeper Charlie Grainger, who fumbled on the line.

City had clearly enjoyed the majority of possession at this point, but the best of the chances were being carved out at the other end with Fejiri Okenabirhie producing the save of the match from Joe Welch – a 20-yard effort which the giant City stopper did well to prevent nestling into the top corner.

Chances were shared after the break with Boro substitute Joe Taylor, arguably, squandering his side’s most notably opportunity, breaking through one-one-one from an angle only to fire into the side-netting, while Dan Bennett also went close.

Sadly, it wasn’t enough to get Boro up and running for the campaign but Bennett’s man-of-the-match performance in his first start back at the club since returning from his summer release was certainly a positive his boss could draw from.

“Dan was superb, I was delighted with him,” Day raved. “He really put a shift in and caused their defence all manner of problems.

“I want to thank the fans too. He knows he can be frustrating to watch at times but they gave him a great round of applause when he came off and that’ll do him the world of good.”

Boro: Grainger; Rodgers, Tumwa, Fearn, Siaw (McAvoy 58), Ferrell, Bennett, Ball (Webb 76), Okenabirhie, Page (Taylor 39), Treacher. Subs: Pearse, Spencer. Att: 326.

*The Farnborough FC Academy still has a few more spaces to fill before it starts up again in September.

The two-year placement, run in conjunction with SCL, gives enthusiastic young footballers professional coaching and excellent facilities.

For more details call the club on 01252 541469.

 
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