Errors were always on the Cards.
With issues still to be resolved at both ends of the Conference South it seems a bizarre and unfair decision to refuse Farnborough permission to sign an emergency goal-keeper and may have a major bearing on the final outcome of this season.
Farnborough were again forced to field midfield ace Nic Ciardini in goal against in form Sutton United and with strong winds, rain and a very heavy pitch it was always going to be mission impossible for Cards to keep a clean sheet. The visitors only took 5 minutes to open the scoring when a slip from Ciardini allowed Marvin Williams to place a neat finish into the unguarded net.
Still Boro didn’t let their heads drop and in wet conditions went close to grabbing an equaliser when a left footed shoot by in form Richard Peniket was turned away by former Boro keeper Tom Lovelock and out for a corner. ‘Boro then had a very strong shout for a penalty when a cross by Phil Page was clearly handled by a Sutton defender but was missed by the only person in the ground that mattered Adrian Sannerude (the referee) and any protest was simply waved away. ‘Boro were finally level after the break when Phil Page nodded in a Josh Huggins free kick. ‘ Boro were only on terms for two minutes as before the second error by Ciardini gifted Sutton a second goal, Rents curled a shot from outside the box and was amazed to see his shot slip through the hands of the stand in keepers hand and into the goal. Sutton then put the game to bed when Craig Dundas nipped in front of Ollie Treacher and crossed the ball from the right to Williams who tapped in for his second of the game.
After the game ‘Boro Coach Garbs said “It’s disappointing that the FA hasn’t allowed us to use an emergency goal-keeper given as our remaining games will have a say in the outcome of both ends of the table. Is it too much to ask to be allowed to play the next 3 games on a level par with the three clubs we face?”