Blue Square Bet
Published 24th April 2012
....Blue Square Bet South with only four fit players in the team.
Dan Bennett's solitary 3rd minute goal settled their foot-of-the-table six-pointer against Havant & Waterlooville, and ensured Day's Boro secured their status, despite the club having been being deducted five points for financial irregularities.
Boro's almighty efforts this season had taken their toll, however, with no fewer than eleven players being treated for injuries in the week, prompting Day to scratch around for a starting squad.
Veteran former striker and coach Paul Harkness was brought in from the Badshot Lea coaching staff to bolster the squad, while captain Adam Bygrave, Ashley Winn and goalkeeper Craig Bradshaw all played through the pain barrier with broken bones.
Fans piled onto the pitch afterwards to cheer the walking wounded, leaving the proud manager wiping away the tears afterwards.
Day beamed: “It was a fantastic effort from everyone. The players were just fantastic - I cannot fault one of them. They were warriors - they were running all round the park.
“I had two players with broken bones. Adam Bygrave summed it up – he was playing with a splint in his boot for his broken toe.
“We only had four first team players fully fit. Ashley Winn, there is no way he should have been on the pitch.
“I am just proud of everyone involved. You show me one player who did not show their heart out there – as a person and a football player.
“It was a fantastic effort by everyone. We knew it was going to be a tough battle.”
Day concluded: “The fans turned up on Saturday and were fantastic. They sung and sung. This win was vital for the football club.
“It was very important that we maintained our Conference South membership, it is important to the club. It is where we want to be, and where the players want to be. I am just delighted.”