SPENCER DAY has warned his Farnborough side that the hard work starts here despite making a “fabulous honeymoon” start to his new job as manager on Saturday.
Day steered his new-look Boro side to a tremendous, yet unexpected, away victory at Salisbury City – bringing an end to a horror run of seven straight defeats.
Star of the show, undoubtedly, was new midfielder Dan Bennett, who capped his debut with two goals to lead Boro on a fine second-half recovery after going a goal down on the stroke of half-time.
But after a disappointing friendly run-out against Walton Casuals on Tuesday night, no-nonsense Day insists the jury is still out on a number of his charges and says time is running out to impress.
“It was a fantastic start and I told the players to enjoy it,” said Day, who introduced five new
faces to the Boro squad from his former club Chertsey Town.
“It was a clean slate and most of the players did their claims a lot of good but we’re not going to rest on our laurels, there is still a lot of hard work left to do.
“I was disappointed on Tuesday night. The players should be able to impress in 15 minutes, instead they had 45 and still not many of them did themselves justice.
“We are in a relegation battle. I have to be ruthless and brutal about it, there is no time to waste. If players can not perform then they will not be at the club, it’s as simple as that.”
Day has also revealed this week that he is looking to take the club out of its full-time structure and revert back to part-time system in a bid to bring in some much-needed experience to keep the club
afloat in Blue Square South.
“I can understand completely why the club made their decision to be full-time,” Day added. “But we are in a massive battle here and I have to do what I can to keep us up. As the previous regime rightly
stated, it’s difficult bringing experienced players to the club on the budget the club are offering, so we have to do something about it.”
Bennett capped a rousing Boro display with two goals in the space of 12 minutes from the hour mark after they had undeservedly going down to a Jake Reid strike in the second minute of added time at the end of the first half.
On-loan Ryan Blake levelled up seven minutes into the re-start before Bennett's swansong, although Boro’s climb out of the bottom three proved to be brief after Hampton & Richmond won at Bromley on Tuesday night.
“With all the changes we had to keep it simple and we played very well,” Day surmised. "The new players woke a few of them up a little bit and it was a good response all round.”
Bennett heads a list of five new players from Alwyns Lane, joining strike duo Phillip Page
and Troy Ferguson, goalkeeper Tom Lovelock and young fullbacks Miles Smith and Oli Treacher.
Unfortunately, for Day, however, all except Lovelock are cup-tied for tomorrow’s FA Trophy clash at home to Bury Town, leaving Garry Haylock's former charges, minus striker Tony Garrod who left the
club for Boreham Wood this week, with another chance to impress.
Smith and Treacher have been loaned back to Chertsey to play in the Trophy at Brackley Town.
“To be honest I didn’t really want the Trophy this weekend,” Day explained. “I’ve got five
cup-tied and another one or two waiting to come in who are also cup-tied, so it's not really
“For that reason we’ve not been quite so active in looking for new players this week, so it’s
another chance for the players who were here before me to show what they can do.”
BORO: Lovelock, Webb, Blake, Bergqvist, Holland, Winn, Bennett (Esmond 87), Appiah (Smith 83), Murphy
(Page 66), Ferguson, Connolly. Not used: Cobb, Somerville.