Farnborough recorded back to back wins for the first time this season with a super goal from Scott Donnelly and a bizarre own goal by Daniel Webb on a very wet Tuesday night at Paddy Power Park.
‘Boro went into tonight’s game with two key players sidelined Steve Laidler & Adam Doyle both picking up slight knocks on Saturday which meant a first start for new arrival Aaron Akuruka and a return to the starting line up for Dave Tarpey.
With the rain starting to fall both sets of players battled both each other and the elements and credit must go to both teams for producing a thoroughly entertaining game of end to end football. Tarpey went close early on when he was inches away from contacting to a well hit low cross from Phil Page, Page then went close himself when after some neat link-up play with Elvis Hammond the lively forward fired a shot just over the cross-bar. Chelmsford’s target man Robert Edmans had the visitor’s first chance when the tall centre forward miss cued a header from six yards out as this game swung from end to end. Then on 31 minutes came the first goal of the game when Scott Donnelly struck a 32 yard free kick straight into the top right corner of the goal surprising everyone especially the helpless Carl Pentney in goal for the visitors. With half time approaching the heavens opened and a severe down pour made the going very tough as both teams continued to play great football but must have been relieved to hear the sound of the referees whistle.
The start of the second half was delayed for 15 minutes to allow both the staff & some of Boro’s great supporter’s time to fork away the surface water which after inspection by both the officials & both managers the game restarted and the action got back under way.
Chelmsford enjoyed more of the ball in the second half but came up against a stubborn defence lead by skipper Alan Inns and Farnborough restricted the visitors to very few clear cut chances. With the visitors pushing on in search of a goal this left them vulnerable to the counter attack and Dave Tarpey went close when his shot hit the side netting .Then on 72 minutes Boro extended their lead with the help of a own goal from Daniel Webb. Bertie Brayley made a difference for the visitors when he came on and went close to clawing a goal back with a fierce low shot but Kevin Scriven pushed the ball out for a corner. Just before the end of the game the rain started to fall again but nowhere near as heavy as the end of the first half and Farnborough stayed firm to the end.
Final Score: Farnborough 2-0 Chelmsford City
This was without doubt one of if not the best performance collectively of the season so far, each player played their part in both attack and defence tonight against a very strong and organised Chelmsford side.
Farnborough Man of the Match: Alan Inns
1. Kevin Scriven
2. Aaron Akuruka
3. Ollie Treacher
4. Scott Donnelly
5. Alan Inns (C)
6. Josh Huggins
7. Dan Bennett
8. Reece Jones
9. Elvis Hammond (Connolly ON, 80)
10. Dave Tarpey
11. Phil Page
Subs: 12. Reece Connolly; 14. Lloyd Macklin; 15. Djibril Fofana; 16. Courtney Fearn; 17. Matthew Lovett (gk).
1. Carl Pentney
2. Joshua Warren
3. Leon Redwood
4. Tom Davis
5. Mark Haines
6. Danny Webb
7. Sam Long (Graham ON, 55)
8. Mark Hughes (C)
9. Rob Edmans (Brayley ON, 55)
10. Tom Derry
11. Charlie Henry (Nicolau ON, 81)
Subs: 12. Matthew Lock; 14. Dave Rainford; 15. Nicky Nicolau; 16. Bertie Brayley; 17. Bagasan Graham.
Referee: Wayne Porter
Assistant Referee’s: Alistair Wilson & Richard Hart