Farnborough got back to winning ways tonight with a convincing win against already relegated Billericay Town.
Still without a keeper signed, Nic Ciardini, stepped up again for this tough encounter against the biggest team in the league. With only 9 minutes gone the stand in keeper helped set up the first goal of the game, Cards plucked the ball out of the air from a Billericay cross and with a 65 yard kick picked out Phil Page. Page controlled his pass and skipped past Ricardo Santos to fire a low shot pass Sam Beasant in the visitor’s goal. Four minutes later ‘Boro doubled their lead when Tom McGarry found space to head home from a Dave Tarpey cross. McGarry has settled very quickly into the squad since signing just before deadline day, and wasn’t finished playing his part in this game. However against the run of play the visitors pulled a goal back on 38 minutes through Rob Swaine, Swaine was quickest to react to a knock down from a corner and smashed home a right foot shot. The visitors then levelled the score just before half time when again they were quickest to react to a set play and with the help of a deflection Gary Poole found the net.
The second half played out pretty similar to the first with ‘Boro playing some great football at times and the visitors playing to their strengths with the direct style of play looking to use their height advantage on set plays. On 56 minutes the home side restored their lead when Phil Page scored with a power drive 25 yard free kick, Billericay’s defence as strong as it is continued to struggle with the movement of the home sides attack line and in particular No7 Dan Bennett, Bennett was in tantalising form and scored the goal of the game to restore ‘Boro’s two goal lead. Tom McGarry picked out Bennett with 35 yard inch perfect cross field ball and the tricky winger showed just what class he had running into the box and with an unerring piece of skill left Sam Beasant flat on his face and the simple task of walking the ball into the net. Still you have to give the visitors some credit they continued to battle and fight for every ball and the loud vocal support from their bench didn’t waver one bit. Billericay were handed a life line with time running out when Reece Jones was showed a second yellow for an soft foul which in the first half seemed to just be waved away and the home side were down to 10. The visitors capitalised on their extra man and again from a direct ball into the box Gary Poole squeezed home his second goal and Billericay’s third. This turned out to be the final goal of the game as even with 10 men ‘Boro held on and with this defeat insures Billericay’s season finishes on a low and must settle with the Second Bottom spot in the League.
Everyone at Farnborough FC would like to take this opportunity to firstly wish everyone from Billericay a safe journey home back to Essex and also the very best for the future.