Blue Square Bet
Published 17th February 2012
....South – if they come through the biggest week of their season so far.
Day’s Boro make the trip to two bottom three sides, Staines Town and Thurrock, on Saturday and next Tuesday night respectively, before hosting mid-table Tonbridge Angels the following Saturday.
And the boss insisted it was a crucial eight-day period which could go a long way to deciding Boro’s fate.
“It’s the biggest week of the season without a doubt,” Day explained.
“Nine points from these three games will take us to thirty-nine points and it’s pretty much job done I would have thought.
"If not, however, it gives the other teams around us a route back into it and all of a sudden we are in an almighty battle again.
“Theoretically, in eight days we could secure our safety. It’s a big ask and we’re taking nothing for granted, but we know it's achievable.”
As Day kept a close eye on opponents Staines in their 2-2 draw by Eastleigh on Tuesday night, his first-team squad were preparing for a friendly game with Ryman League Division One South side Godalming Town on Wednesday night, arranged to increase match sharpness of his squad after two weeks of inactivity.
New signing Michael Charles marked his return with a goal in an entertaining 3-3 draw, which also saw Dan Bennett on target after Boro took the lead through an own goal.
But with three or four of the squad unavailable for Wednesday night, rustiness remains a concern for boss Day.
“We can’t afford to be undercooked in any way, shape or form,” he added.
“Staines were incredibly unlucky not to beat Eastleigh on Tuesday night, they pass the ball very well, are solid defensively and we’re under no illusions that it's going to be tough earning those vital three points.
“For three big games in eight days, we have to be ready and a competitive game against Godalming will give us added sharpness.”
Among those due to be in action on Wednesday night was former player Nic Ciardini, who has now sealed a loan switch from Lewes ahead of the Staines trip.
And there may be another new name on the Boro team sheet with Day on the verge of sealing another short-term loan deal for a young and exciting striker-cum-winger who comes highly recommended.
Unfortunately, however, it looks as though Day may have missed out on long-term target Ross Allen, from Guernsey.
The fifty-goal striker is still mulling over an offer to Channel-hop to Cherrywood and ply his trade at a higher level, but Day admitted he was not wholly confident of clinching the deal.
“It’s not dead in the water yet but it’s not happening at the moment,” he said.
“He’s gone away to think about it but my view is that if he has to think this hard about it then it's probably not the right move for him.
“I think he's looking at something in the summer but I need players desperate to play for Farnborough now. We'll see.”
Day has also revealed he remains hopeful of re-signing Aldershot Town defender Doug Bergqvist on a loan until the end of the season.
The Swedish youngster is back in his homeland at the moment as he sits out a two-game ban, but Day said: “We’re in talks with Aldershot and I'm hopeful. I'd love to get him back because he’s been absolutely outstanding for me.”