As part of Non League Day, Farnborough’s in conjunction with sponsor Paddy Power, invited free entry to both home and away supporters for ‘Boro’s first home game of the season.
After a long couple of weeks waiting to get the season under way the home side started the quickest chasing down every single pass and forcing Dover onto the back foot.
Dave Tarpey went close to opening the scoring with an ambitious shot forcing a fine save from Mitchell Walker in the visitor’s goal.
Next it was Scott Donnelly who tested the defence of Dover when his shot was blocked when it looked like it was on its way into the bottom corner.
Having weathered the early storm Dover then found their footing in a very open first half and looked very dangerous on the counter attack.
Michael Bakare twisted and turned on the edge of the box and fired a low shot that went inches past the left post.
Shortly afterward the visitors thought they had broken the deadlock when Bakare picked out Elliott Charles with an inch prefect cross and Charles fired the ball past Kevin Scriven in the Boro goal, however the celebrations were cut short when the goal scorer was adjudged to have been in an off side position.
On 58 minutes the visitors thought they had taken the lead for the second time when Sean Raggett headed home from an Ashley Carew free-kick, but much to the frustration of Dover boss Chris Kinnear referee Derek Eaton disallowed Raggett’s effort for offside.
On 69 minutes came the defining moment in this tight game when Michael Kamara was shown a straight red for a professional foul on Dave Tarpey.
Tarpey had raced through the heart of the Dover defence and rounded Mitchell Walker but before he could get his shot off Kamara’s clumsy challenge denied the Boro forward a clear goal scoring opportunity.
Tarpey picked himself up and took the penalty only to see his effort brilliantly saved by Walker down low to his left.
Both teams continued to play attacking football in this entertaining game of football and 11 minutes from time Farnborough scored what turned out to be the only goal of the game.
Man of the Match Dave Tarpey made amends for the earlier penalty miss when the livewire forward dispatched a left foot shot past Walker into the bottom right corner from Bennett’s drilled cross from the right.
Farnborough tired in the final stages of this match but that was to be expected given the visitors had played 5 league games before today but with the determination and spirit of this group of players showed that they were not about to let the 2 week wait be undone.
1. Kevin Scriven
2. Josh Huggins
3. Ollie Treacher (Koo-Boothe ON, 79)
4. Merrick James-Lewis (Connolly ON, 80 )
5. Alfred Bosch
6. Adam Doyle
7. Tyrone Berry (Bennett ON, 70)
8. Steve Laidler (C)
9. Dave Tarpey
10. Elvis Hammond
11. Scott Donnelly
Subs: 12. Reece Connolly; 14. Dan Bennett; 15. Nathan Koo-Boothe; 16. Bakari Sinclair-Smith; 17. Ryan Hope (g/k).
1. Mitchell Walker
2. Michael Kamara (74)
3. Tom Wynter
4. Craig Stone (C)
5. Sean Raggett
6. Terrell Forbes
7. Barry Cogan (Modeste ON, 79)
8. Ashley Carew
9. Elliott Charles (Elder ON, 79)
10. Michael Bakare
11. Thomas Murphy (Orlu ON, 74)
Subs: 14. Moses Ademola; 15. Ricky Modeste; 16. Richard Orlu; 17. Chris Kinnear; 19. Nathan Elder.
Referee: Derek Eaton
Assistant Referee’s: David Sallis & Chris Smith