In the battle of the Boroughs it was the Hampshire side that grinded out a valuable and must needed 3 points and ensure the East Sussex club stay just above the trap door in 18th place.
A solitary goal might suggest that this was a tight game with not much action but it was anything but, the home side started the game at a frantic pace and enjoyed plenty of possession but came up against a dogged defence and an outstanding Ross Worner in goal. Farnborough always looked a threat on the counter attack and should have taken the lead when Daniel Bennett latched on to a glorious cross field pass from Dave Tarpey to find himself clean in on goal but was denied by Danny Potter. Potter was given MOM for his display today and if it wasn’t for a string of saves the visitors would have been out of sight however on 15 minutes the shot stopper could do very little to prevent Matt Ball’s classic strike that flew into the top right corner.
That goal knocked the wind out of the home side as Farnborough turned up the heat, on loan Fulham striker Richard Peniket went close to doubling the lead when his shot just whistled inches past the post. Peniket linked up well with Reece Connelly up top and the pair worked well and run Eastbourne defence ragged all game. The rest of the game was end to end with Farnborough having the greater chances and on another day maybe would have scored 6 or 7 but the combination of last ditch defending and the inspired form of Potter was to deny any more goals being conceded.
Matt Aldred went close to snatching a draw in stoppage time when his shot hit the foot of the post and rolled out of play.
Farnborough were without 3 key players today but both Steve Laidler and Oliver Treacher should be available for Tuesday’s game away at Dorchester.
Match report provided by Garbo, first team coach.