A stubborn Farnborough side came away with a point from the Crabble Stadium last night, against a Dover outfit struggling to hit their early season form.
On a lovely, crisp evening at Dover’s picturesque Lewisham Road HQ, both sides struggled to get into any sort of rhythm early on, despite a vociferous home crowd doing plenty to urge their side on.
‘Boro eventually brought the game to life, when Reece Connolly’s wonderful right foot effort from the edge of the box smacked off a post, only to bounce away to safety before the same man saw his goal bound header hacked away off the line by a well-positioned Shane Huke.
The hosts, still roared on by a strong 750 plus strong crowd, were then stung into action; Harry Baker sprinting past Nathan Webb, only to be denied by a brave bit of goalkeeping from Jake Somerville.
Martin Hayes men then had a glorious chance to take the lead when Baker found himself one on one with Somerville, but the young ‘keeper pulled off a super save to deny the Whites midfielder.
From the resulting corner, Dover captain Michael Corcoran saw his thumping header cannon back off the crossbar, with his team now really pressing for that all important first goal.
Try as they might, Hayes’ charges couldn’t break down a superb Yellows’ rearguard display in the second period, with George Purcell’s deflected effort being the closest they came to rewarding their fans’ wonderful support on the night.
Farnborough had a couple of decent chances of their own – debutant Jordan Merriman and Phil Appiah both giving Venezuelan international goalkeeper a couple of worrying moments – but apart from those rare chances, were content with keeping a dangerous Dover side at bay.
Boss Garry Haylock was delighted with the point against one of the early season promotion favourites, but was quick to suggest that his side had plenty to work on.
“Yes, we are pleased with the point – especially after such a disappointing result on Saturday,” said Haylock.
“We’ve worked hard in the time we’ve had since then to sort out our defensive shape and that certainly showed tonight. We were resolute, committed and brave and we made life very difficult for them in that respect.
“We would have liked a little bit more in the final third of the pitch, but I thought Jordan Merriman did well in his first game. He’s only 17, and has still got a long way to go. However, his work rate and effort was spot on tonight and it’s another bit of experience for him that’ll be invaluable for us as the season progresses.
“We need to get something after losing to Dartford, and it gives us something to build on for what will be another tough ask against Basingstoke on Saturday.”