Determined Spencer Day is ready to unveil a new striking double act in a bid to save his ailing season.
Day’s Farnborough troops have won just one of their last 10 league games – a run which has seen them slide to within two points of the Skrill South relegation zone.
And now with fellow strugglers Tonbridge Angels, Boreham Wood and Dorchester Town to come in the next three games, the Boro boss has decided it is time to act fast in a bid to stop the rot and avoid an end-of-season dogfight.
“I’ve got to get someone to score me a goal,” said Day, after another profligate performance in front of goal culminating in a Hampshire Senior Cup quarter-final exit at Havant & Waterlooville on Monday night.
“It’s becoming the same old story, we’re bang in the game, miss chances at one end, make silly mistakes at the other and come away with nothing.
“This Saturday’s home game with Tonbridge is my second most important game as manager of this football club [after the crucial home game with Havant the season before last].
If we win it gives us a bit of daylight, if we lose we are absolutely right in the middle of it.
“In fact, these next three games, especially the two at home, are beyond massive. I’ve simply got to go for it otherwise we are staring down the barrel of a gun.”
Day is eyeing up deals with no fewer than four high-profile strikers – two from League Two and two from the Conference Premier – with a first-team regular expected to be sacrificed to free up funds.
One of those could be Elvis Hammond, who has lost his place in the side recently despite the recent departure of Dave Tarpey, or Moses Ashikodi, who is yet to impress since given his chance on a short-term deal.
Day, though, welcomes back young Reading loanee Jack Jeffrey to his squad for Saturday after he was ineligible to play in the Hampshire Cup, while trialist Jake Rose – a former Hull City youth central midfielder who made his debut in the 3-0 defeat – may be drafted in if a deal to resurrect the loan purchase of Harry Lee is not reached with Leyton Orient.
Not for the first time this season, it was former Boro favourite Nic Ciardini who proved the scourge of his old club, netting two second-half goals for Havant after Perry Ryan had given the Hawks a first-half lead.
But there were positives to encourage Day on the night - not least the performance of his two young centre-halves - academy player Jesse Bowers and Darryl Siaw, brought in from Step 4 Walton Casuals - while first-choice goalkeeper Kevin Scriven completed his recovery from injury and should now challenge Dan Lincoln for a first-team spot this weekend.
Captain Alan Inns, Adam Doyle and Olly Treacher were all rested for the game but are ready to return to action.
BORO (v Havant): Scriven, Huggins, Bosch, Rose (James-Lewis 63), Bowers, Siaw, Bennett, Laidler, Page (Fearn 83), Ashikodi (Hammond 55), Berry.
* FaST have put a supporters’ coach on standby for Monday night’s trip to Boreham Wood, leaving at 5.30pm and costing £16 for members, £18 for non-members and £9 for under 16s.
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