BOSS Spencer Day helplessly watched Farnborough suffer FA Trophy humiliation by rivals Woking on Saturday – and then described the experience as a “reality check”.
Only 12 league places separated these two old foes but, in truth, the gulf between the Blue Square Premier hosts and Day’s South high-fliers was for all to see as the Cards took Boro to the sword at a rain-lashed Kingfield.
Two-goal shows from Brett Williams, Jayden Stockley and Billy Knott, and a seventh from Gavin McCallum made it a day to forget for Boro, and but for the heroics of visiting keeper Craig Bradshaw it could have been double figures.
Woking took just six minutes to break the deadlock when livewire Kevin Betsy waltzed past Reece Connolly in the box and centred for Williams to turn the ball home
That opened the floodgates as a shell-shocked Boro were left chasing shadows with the dangerous front four enjoying the freedom of Kingfield to rain in shots of Bradshaw’s goal.
The inevitable second came eight minutes later when Williams shrugged off the challenge of Josh Huggins to cross from Stockley to poke the ball home from close range.
Two goals in two minutes then all but ended the tie as a contest – Knott scoring his first with a rasping 20 yard effort past Bradshaw and Williams tapping home number four from Betsy’s burst down the left.
To their credit, Boro came out with purpose for the second half but their resistance lasted just eight minutes when Betsy again broke from midfield, slotted wide to Knott, whose cross was turned in by the unmarked Stockley.
Knott’s curling free-kick from wide out on the right culminated in Woking’s sixth before substitute McCallum compounded Boro’s misery 13 minutes from time with a stooping header from Lee Sawyer’s corner.
Dejected Day told the News & Mail afterwards: “Give them credit, Woking were outstanding in the first half, they will not play better than that all season. What disappointed me was that we have just not shown what we were about.
“We were falling all over each other, couldn’t pass a ball from A to B, it just wasn’t us. They tore us to shreds at times and there’s no excuse for it.
“I’ll play them next Saturday and it won’t be 7-0, we just haven’t turned up.”
FARNBOROUGH: Bradshaw, Huggins, Treacher, Inns, Inman, Jones (Bosch 59), Bennett, Laidler Tarpey 59), Connolly (Abalimba 59), Hammond, Ciardini. Subs: Moody, Norris.
Ref: Wayne Barratt. Att: 979.