Not for the first time this season Boro showed bounce back ability pulling a 2 goal deficit back and ending the game disappointed they failed to secure the win.

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Staines striker Dan Brown was gifted the first real chance of the game when the forward found himself unmarked 16 yards out but seemed to rush his effort pulling his shot wide of the goal.

Both teams played attacking football today as play went end to end, Boro’s Daniel Bennett skipped past his marker only to shoot straight into the arms of Jack Turner.

The home side finally scored the first goal of the game when with the help of a big deflection Chris M’Boungou was first to react and headed home from 6 yards on 28 minutes.

Josh Huggins was enjoying his freedom to get forward and the right back went close to levelling the score but his fierce shot hit the side netting.

The second half couldn’t have got off to a worst start for Boro when on 48 minutes the experienced and reliable Adam Doyle slipped on the edge of the box with his pass going straight to Louie Theophanous who duly rounded Kevin Scriven and doubled Staines lead.

Jack Turner making his first start in goal for Staines was proving a tough act to beat when the shot stopper produced a fine save to deny Scott Donnelly.

Boro then made two changes off went Elvis Hammond & Harry Lee who had both worked their socks off and were replaced with new signing Juan Mouko & Phil Page, Mouko was quick into action and it was his pass that picked out Dave Tarpey who drilled home a bullet of a shot into the bottom left corner.

Three minutes later the visitors were given a golden opportunity to level the score when Phil Page turned Jerel Ifil inside out in the box and maybe out of frustration the defender clattered the forward giving the referee an easy decision penalty, Scott Donnelly coolly stroked home the resulting spot kick to make it 2 -2 with 13 minutes left.

Farnborough then should have taken the lead in this action packed game when Daniel Bennett raced in on goal but Turner pulled off a save to keep his side in the game. Turner then tipped over an effort late on by Donnelly as the home side managed to hang on till the final whistle.

Both side will feel disappointed they failed to secure the win here today, Staines throwing away a 2 goal lead when it looked  as if their 100% home record was going to become  8 wins out of 8, and Farnborough for pulling it back to 2-2 and not taking their chances late on to seal the win.

Att: 299

Staines Town

1. Jack Turner
2. Lewis Ferrell (C)
3. Jordaan Brown
4. Stephane Ngamvoulou
5. Chris M’Boungou
6. Jerel Ifil
7. Ashley Lodge
8. Bajram Pashaj (Felix ON, 84)
9. Louie Theophanous
10. Dan Brown (Akinsanya ON, 61)
11. Max Worsfold (Taylor ON, 84)

Subs: 12. Oluwole Akinsanya; 13. Kyle Merson (gk); 14. Erivaldo Felix; 15. Luke Neville; 16. Scott Taylor.


1. Kevin Scriven
2. Josh Huggins
3. Ollie Treacher
4. Scott Donnelly
5. Alan Inns (C)
6. Adam Doyle
7. Dan Bennett
8. Steve Laidler
9. Harry Lee (Page ON, 52)
10. Elvis Hammond (Mouko ON, 71)
11. Dave Tarpey

Subs: 12. Phil Page; 14. Djibril Fofana; 15. Juan Mouko; 16. Bakari Sinclair-Smith; 18. Richard Monan.

Referee: John Busby (Berinsfield, Oxfordshire)
Assistant Referee’s: Kevin Howick (Abingson, Oxfordshire) & Stuart Jack (Carterton, Oxfordshire)