Assistant Manager Jon Reed provided supporters with an update on the month of October.
“It’s been another frustrating month at Farnborough with some results not going our way mixed in with some below par performances and some displays littered with mistakes.
There has also been a bit of movement in the playing staff this month with players coming in.
We have welcomed back Sean Francis back subject to him agreeing a deal with the Club. He made his debut in the game versus Gosport. He will bring a bit of much needed experience to the group, but will need a few games to get his fitness back.
John Oyenuga has returned from his fractured foot sustained in the second game of the season, so he again will need a few games to get up to speed.
Mitchal Gough has joined us. A commanding centre-half that likes to win the ball and aerially is quite dominant. Sadly, he got sent off in the League game versus Gosport and will miss out next three games.
Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis is another loan signing. He looked good in the game away to Yate Town but picked up an Achilles strain.
We still have Andrew Musungu and Bradley Keetch out injured, but Daniel Fosu has returned to training.
Jacob Lear, our understudy goalkeeper, has been sent out on loan to Knaphill in order to get some much needed game time.
Chris Flood has left us to look for football elsewhere. Unfortunately he got injured in Pre-Season and never really fired for us, but we wish him well for the future.
We haven’t got as many points as we thought we might get. We won two and lost three games in October in the League.
We played really well in periods at Taunton, but for a made two minute spell that cost us the game.
We conceded two quick goals in the second half at Swindon, after a decent first half and lost the game.
We beat Wimborne in what seemed a dynamic attacking display first half to then a below par second half.
We lost 0-1 at home to Gosport, after having Mitchal Gough sent off on about 25 minutes. A fantastic rear guard action by all the players to keep the game alive, but a lack of goal threat meant we couldn’t get back to 1-1.
We travelled to Yate Town on a Tuesday night backed by a lot of fans. They witnessed a dreadful game from both teams. We deservedly won 1-0 but picked up injuries to Gough and Brice.
Last Saturday was FA Trophy away to Gosport. Atrocious weather again and heavily supported by our away fans, we scored after 2 minutes from [Connor] Cullen, but after that we just didn’t fire.
I thought Gosport marked our danger players out of the game and were much more physical and organised off the ball than we were. Again we made some silly individual errors in conceding the three goals.
We have tried to re-focus the lads in the last couple of weeks and get across that football matches last 95 minutes and not 20 minutes! A lot of young players are showing their inexperience in dealing with on field problems, and need to learn to find solutions.
As Manager’s and Coaches that only see the players for a few hours a week, it’s hard to instil experience and scenarios for young players to learn. They will make mistakes, we will make mistakes, but there’s a worth ethic to try to improve and learn. We shall continue to strive for success. The players are aware of the standards I set at training. Anything below that, then they know there will be a problem. We are looking for three points today at home to Salisbury, knowing it will be a tough game, but if we click and fire up top, then we will be a threat for anyone.
We approach a big November with a lot of games that we need to start winning. I hate losing games and trust me the whole coaching team feel completely the same. It ruins the week.
The Gaffa takes the brunt, he does all the homework on the opposition so the players know exactly what teams are doing. It’s a long week in football when you lose. There is no better feeling than winning three points on a Saturday night!
I’d like to thank all the volunteers behind the scenes for their continued work and support, and to our fans – stay with us. Your support is welcomed and appreciated and we hope to bring you more performances that make you proud.”