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Farnborough FC boss Spencer Day in 'don't panic' plea to fans

Spencer Day has urged fans to rally round his Farnborough FC troops after back-to-back 5-0 and 3-1 defeats in Essex

Spencer Day insists Farnborough are not a club in crisis – but has urged the fans to stick together to ensure they do not become one.

Day saw his Boro side slump to a second defeat in Essex in the space of four days, with the 5-0 drubbing at Concord Rangers last week followed by an equally dismal 3-1 reverse at struggling Chelmsford City on Saturday (November 30).

It is a run which has prompted a minority of fans to vent their frustration with question marks raised over tactics, the aptitude of the players and an dwindling squad.

But Day maintains his side will recover from their recent slump and urged fans not to press the panic button just yet.

“Yes, we're in a bit of a rut at the moment, and it hurts, but we will get out of it,” Day said.

“We’re short on players right now and there’s four or five senior members of the squad just not performing, but that’s not a time to start panicking.

“It’s a bad patch, yes, but these are good players and they will be again, we need to all stick together and work our way through this sticky period as a club - fans, players, management, everyone.

“This is a tough period for the club and for me, and I’m disappointed, angry, frustrated, of course.

2But look at the table, we’re 11th, still in touch with the play-offs and are still the joint second highest scorers in the league despite struggling in the final third at the moment.

“Sure, it’s been a bad week with two away defeats – and we go to the leaders [Bromley] on Saturday where the chances are there may be a third – but getting on my back or the players’ backs is not helping.

"We’re in this together, we need to stand firm and work our way through this because it will come good.”

Day, at least, drew some positives out of a behind-closed-doors friendly with Walton Casuals on Tuesday night, arranged after the Hampshire Senior Cup tie with Aldershot Town was postponed due to the Shots' FA Trophy commitments.

Dan Bennett netted Boro’s goal in a disappointing 1-1 draw but it was the performances of young centre-back Courtney Fearn and midfielder Richard Monan that caught the eye and may now prompt Day to give them a starting berth at Bromley this weekend.

Young Fearn, of course, made his debut in the defeat at Chelmsford on Saturday and impressed at right-back with a mature display in the absence of injured skipper Alan Inns.

But he could not prevent the Clarets halting a run of eight straight defeats under new boss Mark Hawkes with sloppy goals proving Farnborough’s undoing.

Day’s men started strongly with Scott Donnelly testing keeper Carl Pentney with a 25-yard free kick while, at the other end, Kevin Scriven denied Joe Ward’s acrobatic attempt.

Scriven was left picking the ball out of the net, however, on 16 minutes when Boro failed to clear their lines and full-back Sam Long drove a spectacular effort into the right-hand corner.

Scriven had to be on his toes to keep out Mark Hughes and Boro reaped the reward on 37 minutes when Harry Lee latched onto a half-clearance and deceived Pentney from 30 yards.

Lee’s reward for his second Farnborough goal in eight starts was a month-long extension to his loan from Leyton Orient, keeping him at Paddy Power Park until January 4, although he is on a 24-hour recall.

Not even he though could stop the Clarets in their tracks with substitute Bertie Brayley teeing up Ward to make it 2-1 six minutes later.

Day's response was to replace Elvis Hammond with Bennett and Boro almost drew level when Adam Doyle headed Donnelly’s free-kick narrowly wide.

But Farnborough’s hopes were dashed 11 minutes from time when Keiron St Aimie set up Brayley to make it 3-1, leaving the travelling fans contemplating a frustrating journey home from Essex for the second time in a week.

The good news for Day, however, is that Inns is recovering well from his cracked rib and could be in contention for the Bromley game on Saturday.

FARNBOROUGH: Scriven, Huggins, Treacher, Donnelly, Fearn, Doyle, Lee, Laidler (Mouko 80), Page, Hammond (Bennett 46), Tarpey. Subs: Monan, Finney, Lovett.

 

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