JUST days after Farnborough Town looked to have got their season on track, it faltered at the hands of Doncaster Rovers.

Despite a battling performance from Graham Westley's men, this tight game produced few chances. Doncaster took theirs, Boro did not and they now sit 16th in the Conference table with just goal difference seperating them from the basement.

And things aren't going to get any easier either. The next visitors to the AIMITA Stadium are last season's runners up and red hot favourites Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday (ko 3pm) in what promises to be a cracker.

The Daggers are out to prove a point after missing out on the Football League by goal difference to Boston last time round — and then denied promotion once again after the Boston financial revelations were revealed.

And Dagenham have certainly started this term as they mean to go on. They currently sit third in the table after dropping their first points of the season in the 1-1 draw with Telford on Bank Holiday Monday.

This of course is a massive game for Westley's men, who know that three points are required if Boro are to start turning a few heads.

None more so, however, than striker Ken Charlery, who will be looking to put one over his former team-mates by adding to his Boro opener in Saturday's 3-0 win over Halifax.

One highlight for Boro is that Saturday could see the competitive debut of on-loan striker Leroy Griffiths. The QPR man can't wait to pull on a Boro shirt and has hinted he may try and get an extension on his loan period to make up for the games he has missed so far.

A problem against Doncaster appeared to be in the Boro midfield and Westley for one was quick to acknowledge this flaw.

"There's not a lot wrong," he said. "It's a very marginal thing, but there's something missing and the sooner we can get ourselves going the better.

"I think defensively we've been pretty decent.

The back five, including the goalkeeper, have been pretty good, pretty consistent in their performance. I haven't seen a threat up against them that looks like it'll give them a problem.

"I think in front of that we need a little bit of extra belief, a little bit of extra drive and that's something that can come.

"There's one or two young players out there and I think the start, perhaps, has got the better of them. The pressure of the expectation has got the better of them.

"It would have been great to have had the skipper in there, giving them that little bit of belief and I'm sure when (Steve) Watson's back he will spread that belief, because he's that kind of player and possibly they're just missing him a bit in the middle at the moment.

"But they're all good players. We're a decent side and we're going to win a lot of games."

To add to the Boro pain on Monday, stand in captain Barry Laker limped off injured and was replaced by Tim O'Shea on 25 minutes after pulling a hamstring.

It is still too early to tell how long he may be sidelined for but in the past Laker has recovered quickly from similar injuries.

The side must also take to the field once again without Watson, but he will be eligible to play in Tuesday night's game at Yeovil Town, after serving a five-match ban at the start of the season, for his poor disciplinary record.

On Monday, though, it was a scrappy game that saw free kicks awarded repeatedly for small infringements.

"I don't feel beaten," said Westley. "I feel we had the better of the game. I feel like we've had the better of the chances, but again, and it's happened to us two or three times now, we've been edged out by the odd goal and we haven't got any points. So it's something we've got to get out of.

"They had a decent start today and really played them off the park for long periods of time and certainly played in a manner that's created a lot more opportunities and certainly deserved something.

"I think this was a tough trip and facing 3,500 fans, it can be an intimidating atmosphere.

"But I thought the lads dealt with it very well, were very professional, very organised and I think they've got to take a lot of confidence from that."

There was only one change to the line-up that comprehensively defeated Halifax 3-0 at the AIMITA Stadium on Saturday.

Tony Taggart started on the bench and Lenny Piper was pushed back into midfield, while Joff Vansittart was recalled to partner Christian Lee up front.

Rovers were gifted an opportunity to take the lead on 27 minutes, when they were awarded a penalty after Gary Holloway handled in the area.

Paul Barnes, however, could only watch as his spot kick cannoned back off the upright.

This spurred Boro on, but after some good build up work by Chris Piper and Justin Gregory, Lee squandered his close range volley at the far post on 34 minutes.

The breakthrough finally came for the home side on 63 minutes. Dean Green, who had a frustrating game throughout, allowed Francis Tierney to pull clear and he headed a cross in from the left from seven yards.

Rovers spent the closing stages clinging to their slender lead and with ten minutes remaining Lenny Piper had a strong header cleared off the line by defender Dave Morley.

Green was then played in by Lenny Piper two minutes later but his shot was deflected round the post for a corner, which came to nothing, leaving Boro to reflect on another disappointing defeat.

Tuesday night's match against Yeovil Town will be played at Dorchester FC, ko 7.45pm.

BORO: Pennock; Warner, Gregory, Laker (sub O'Shea 25 mins), L Piper, Vansittart (Taggart 70), Lee (Charlery 77), C Piper, Green, Holloway, Rodwell. Not used: Osborn, Butterworth.

Ref: G Mellor. Att: 3,436