‘Boro went into today’s game without a recognised keeper and turned to local hero Nic Ciardini to put on the gloves and take up the role as keeper for this important game against a team that had scored 11 goals in their last two games.
Farnborough from the first whistle took the game to Staines and went on the attack pinning the swans back as wave after wave of attack brought a number of great saves from Jack Turner who was in outstanding form all game. The visitors finally made their early dominance pay when a thunder shot from the inform Richard Peniket rocketed past Turner into the top corner on 26 minutes. Staines frustration got the better of them when a clear foul on Dean Inman by the swans skipper David Wheeler saw Wheeler then try to drag Inman up off the floor when it was clear Inman was in pain. This resulted in a pushing match between both sets of players and as a result yellow cards for Wheeler, Beadle (Staines) and Boro skipper Steve Laidler. After treatment Inman returned to the action.
‘Boro doubled their lead on 53 minutes after some dazzling footwork by Daniel Bennett brought out a double save from Turner before the tricky winger picked out Elvis Hammond who slotted home from a yard out. Farnborough’s’ stand in keeper Ciardini wasn’t called into action until the 65th minute when a tame shot went straight into the arms of the grateful stand in. But four minutes later the home side grabbed a way back into the game when a header from Swans skipper Wheeler from an offside position looped over Cards and bounced into the goal. To the visitor’s amazement the goal stood and should have given the home side new life and belief they could find an equaliser but it wasn’t to be. With some dogged defending that header turned out to be the only real chance of the game for Staines as Farnborough controlled the remainder of the game and was it not for Jack Turner in goal would have added more goals.
After the game Ciardini was quick to point out that today’s win was down to the whole squad “It was important that after the goings on this week every player was to play a part if we was going to get anything out of today’s game. Josh Huggins was outstanding today along with the other members of the squad, I had little to do today such was the great defending in front of me.”