Proud Spencer Day reflected on a “fantastic week” for Farnborough FC – but just wishes a few more people were there to see it.
The Boro boss saw his side ease their mounting relegation fears with a second straight 3-2 home success, against Tonbridge Angels, on Tuesday night (February 4) - a result which lifts his side into a lofty 14th place in the Skrill South table.
But the achievement was witnessed by a paltry crowd of just 229 – a figure which threatens to put further pressure on the already stretched finances.
Goals from winger Tyrone Berry and loanee George Sykes gave Boro a dream start in the opening nine minutes before Berry added a third goal nine minutes into the re-start to all but seal victory.
Typically, though, those faithful few who did turn up were put through the wringer again as goals from Angels pair Michael Bakare and Nathaniel Pinney – either side of Jon Heath’s red card - ensured a tense finale to match Saturday's drama at Dorchester.
Thankfully though Day’s men clung on for the points, which, coupled with other results going their way, means Boro have a healthy eight-point cushion to the bottom three places.
“Collectively, they were massive wins for us,” relieved Day said. “With the conditions and the way we are playing it was more about getting the results than performances and these are absolutely huge in the context of the season. It’s been a fantastic week for the club.
“Tonbridge are a good side as we saw last night and I genuinely believe they will get out of it. It was just important that we didn’t get beaten.
“We had a great start with the two goals but I wasn’t very happy at half-time because we were so deep and the game was so open, it could have been 4-4!
“At 3-0 with 20 minutes you could see no way back for them but after one very good goal and a terrible goal to concede they were right back in it and again there were a few deep breaths and anxiety in the end, but we got through it.”
Day, however, bemoaned the ever-falling attendance figure, adding: “It was five-star entertainment, four great goals and chances aplenty at both ends. The attendance figure is worrying but hopefully now with those two big wins behind us we can attract a few more back for the visit of Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday.”
Bakare gave Boro an early scare by skimming the top of the crossbar early on but Berry eased the nerves in the fifth minute struck a fine effort from the edge of the area into the top right corner.
Then, four minutes later, it was 2-0 when good move down the left saw the ball slipped to Barnet loanee Sykes, who made space before curling a fine shot past Lewis Carey.
At the other end, Kevin Scriven had to be alert to keep out efforts from Bakare and Tom Collins before Jon Nurse had a perfect chance to add a third goal – meeting Berry’s cross from the left but heading onto the crossbar.
Alan Inns then went close twice before the break, first with a header cleared off the line, then with a header over the bar from Oli Treacher’s free-kick.
The third goal, however, eventually arrived on 54 minutes when Sykes won a corner on the right, which was cleared only for Dan Bennett to whip the ball back across goal and Berry slotted home his second of the night.
Substitute Nathaniel Pinney – a target of Day’s at the start of the second – pulled a goal back for the visitors with a fine curling effort past Scriven, but hopes of a comeback were dashed by a straight red card for full-back Heath for an alleged use of the elbow during a fracas.
Still, however, Bakare ensured a tense finale with a fine shot from 20 yards which gave Scriven no chance and after the Boro keeper pulled off another fine save from Pinney in the closing stages, Phil Page had a chance to wrap it up in stoppage time, only to see his effort clip the top of the crossbar.
BORO: Scriven, Huggins, Treacher, Bosch, Inns, Doyle, Bennett (Ball 76), Laidler, Sykes (Rose 90), Nurse (Page 66), Berry. Subs: Siaw, Fearn.