Biggleswade Town boss Chris Nunn left furious with Waders’ mentality as early goals lead to defeat

PUBLISHED: 11:57 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:09 21 February 2018

Gavin Hoyte during the Waders' 2-1 loss to Farnborough. Credit: Martyn Haworth

Gavin Hoyte during the Waders' 2-1 loss to Farnborough. Credit: Martyn Haworth

Martyn Haworth

Biggleswade Town boss Chris Nunn was ‘not happy at all’ with his players’ mentality after a lacklustre start cost the Waders in their 2-1 Farnborough defeat on Saturday.

Club captain Craig Daniel hits a shot at the Farnborough goal. Credit: Martyn HaworthClub captain Craig Daniel hits a shot at the Farnborough goal. Credit: Martyn Haworth

The Waders lost their fourth successive Evo-Stik Southern Premier League game on Saturday and boss Nunn was left frustrated with his players attitude, blaming a poor mentality for Farnborough’s two early goals.

Speaking to CometSport, Waders boss Nunn said: “Conceding two goals as we did is just not acceptable, we started really poorly.

“It was schoolboy stuff. Again we missed a lot of good chances but I can handle that, the mentality before the game I can’t handle.

“There were a few players there late which showed the mentality. Those are the sort of things we want to pride ourselves on.

“We weren’t focused in the warm up and the dressing room was quiet. This league is very unforgiving, if we’re not on it we’re not going to win.”

Greg Kaziboni looks for a pass against Farnborough. Credit: Martyn HaworthGreg Kaziboni looks for a pass against Farnborough. Credit: Martyn Haworth

Goals from Jayden Antwi and Michael Elias-Fernandes rendered Nathan Hick’s penalty a consolation as the home side won 2-1.

The Waders lack of focus was punished within two minutes at The Rushmoor Community Stadium, as Elias-Fernandes was allowed acres of space, before his long-range shot was fumbled by keeper Liam Gooch, leaving Antwi to poke it home from six yards.

Antwi and Elias-Fernandes linked up again for the second, which came after 18 minutes. Antwi brought the ball down from a goal-kick, before playing a ball through to Elias-Fernandes, who comfortably slotted in at Gooch’s left.

After 21 minutes the Waders were given hope, as striker Liam Brooks was fouled inside the box. Hicks calmly stepped up and finished in the bottom left corner for 2-1.

After a Farnborough dominated first quarter, the Waders started to turn the tide as half-time approached, and went on to ‘lay siege’ on the Farnborough goal in the second-half. However, despite five minutes of added time, Biggleswade couldn’t find an equaliser.

Club captain Craig Daniel makes a challenge against Farnborough. Credit: Martyn HaworthClub captain Craig Daniel makes a challenge against Farnborough. Credit: Martyn Haworth

Another disappointing day for the Waders, who despite sitting deep in the bottom half of the table, have only conceded three or more goals four times this season.

Nunn said: “Some of the football we played was really good and if you take away the first 20 minutes it would have been a brilliant performance.

“We totally dominated the second half and the confidence is there, we’re not playing poorly.

“Individuals are always going to make mistakes in non-league football but when there’s four or five lads at fault for each goal, that’s over half the team making errors, which is not good enough.

“The boys knew I was upset and we’ll have two hard training sessions this week to put things right.”

The Waders host mid-table Redditch Town on Saturday, a game Nunn said the Waders ‘have to win.’ A loss would mean a winless February in the league.

“If we play like we did in the second-half at Farnborough, we’ll win.”

Poor weather and ground sharing with Biggleswade FC has meant that the Langford Road pitch has suffered, however Nunn said the pitch would be having work done and he was confident the Redditch game would go ahead.

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