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Day's little Angels bring spirit back to Farnborough

A Farnborough squad packed with youngsters and trialists answered their critics with back-to-back victories on the road this week

New striker Joe Benjamin has had his contract terminated at Farnborough after just a handful of pre-season games

Spencer Day heaped praise on his newly-assembled Farnborough squad after they answered their critics with back-to-back away victories to lift the spirits at Cherrywood Road.

Day returned from a fortnight away in Jamaica to enjoy some more fun in the sun as his Boro side followed up a 3-1 victory at Biggleswade Town last Saturday with a 2-0 success at Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday night.

And it helped ease the fears of a number of fans who were already contemplating a long hard season ahead in Conference South following last week’s disappointing 3-0 defeat at Ryman Premier side Met Police.

Two goals in as many first-half minutes from Matt Ball and impressive new striker Joe Taylor – his third in two games – sealed victory for Boro at Longmead Stadium, leaving Day with plenty to be encouraged about ahead of Saturday’s trip to Walton & Hersham and the big visit of League One side Leyton Orient on Monday night.

“I’m really pleased with the response of the players,” Day said.

“Yes, there is still room for improvement but the lads have made a huge step up this week when people were beginning to question them.

"We are still small in numbers but for many the learning curve is going well and two victories over Step 3 sides away from home give us much encouragement.”

As a result, Day is now ready to offer permanent deals to wide man Declan McAvoy, previously of Hamilton Academicals, and ex-AFC Wimbledon holding midfielder Dan Pearce. They will join ex-Reading midfield man Josh Webb, who has already signed forms with the club.

Goalkeeper Charlie Granger is also set to join on a season-long loan from Leyton Orient this week, while Day is set to finalise a deal to sign Matt Ball on a permanent deal on Friday once his impending release from League Two Stevenage is finalised.

With several spaces in his squad for next Saturday's curtain raiser at Boreham Wood to fill, Day is set to run the rule over a number of other trialists for two games in the space of 48 hours.

Former Crawley Town winger/striker Jordan Adekunle, currently of Ipswich Town, came on as a substitute against Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday night, as did diminutive ex-Forest Green wide man Saul Williams.

Curtis Shaw, the ex-Mansfield and Tamworth midfielder, is also playing for a contract, while former Fulham and Crystal Palace striker Derek Tieku, who scored in the 3-1 win at Biggleswade Town, may return to the club if nothing comes of a two-week trial in Finland.

One man who will not be coming back, however, is summer signing Joe Benjamin, who had his contract terminated by the club following a disappointing pre-season campaign.

Striker Benjamin, formerly of Northampton, arrived with cousin Paul Rodgers back in June but has struggled to impress the boss thus far and is expected now to join Bishop's Stortford.

"It's unfortunate but it just didn't work out for Joe and we wish him all the best," commented Day, who added that Rodgers would not be leaving the club with him.

 

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