At last, a game to watch at Paddy Power Park.
Sun and blue skies heralded our long awaited first match of 2014!
With Tarpey and Donnelly gone and Bosch returning, no Doyle or Laidler, both suspended, Borough faced this game against near neighbours Staines with a mix of familiar faces and some less well known, all seeking to prove themselves and hopefully gain three points.
Borough: Lincoln, Huggins, Treacher, Bosch, Inns (c), Koo-Boothe, (Jeffrey). Bennett,
James-Lewis (Monan), Page (Hammond), Ashikodi, Berry. Sub not used: Fearn.
Staines: Turner, Ming, Brown, Ferrell (c), M’Boungou, Ifil, Lodge, Willock (Taylor),
Theophanous, Pashaj (Worsfold), Pykes (Beadle). Subs not used: Merson (G/K), Neville.
Referee: Richard Hume
Both sides started at a good pace with play switching rapidly from end to end. The first 15 minutes saw Inns head clear from a Staines corner, a lively Ashikodi had one effort blocked at the expense of a corner and another thwarted as he prepared to shoot. At the other end, Pashaj shot tamely wide when through on goal. Bennett’s efforts led to a corner from which another Ashikodi strike was parried at full stretch by Turner.
Borough were enjoying much the better of the half and saw a long range efforts from Inns and Page go wide. Ashikodi put through by Bennett, had another effort bundled clear. Dan Lincoln then made a good save after Willock, who had looked offside, ran clear. However, on 43 minutes, Willock intercepted a seemingly innocuous back pass from James-Lewis, rounded Lincoln and tapped home to give Staines the lead.
With only two minutes remaining, Boro’ mounted an immediate sustained attack and were rewarded when Page equalised in the 45th minute with a 25 yard strike.
Half Time:- Borough 1 – Staines 1
The visitors started the 2nd half with purpose and had a penalty appeal waived away when Inns’s tackle just inside box brought down their striker. Both sides made headway, with Boro’ often failing with the final pass and Staines being held at bay by a resolute defensive display. On occasions, the heavy ground accounted for errors of judgement from both sides.
Bosch, who had played steadily on his return, was booked for a tackle on Staines skipper Ferrell, who seemed to make a meal of the incident and ‘recovered’ very quickly on returning to the fray. As the half went on, both sides used all three subs and legs were tiring, when on 74 minutes, M’Boungou rose to a left side corner and headed home to give Staines the lead. Despite all their efforts, Boro’ could make little further impression leaving the visitors to take the points by the odd goal in three.
On another day, we might have salvaged something, but given the need to integrate a number of players in unaccustomed roles and allow time for them to get used to each other we must wait a little longer for our first victory of the year.
Full Time:- Borough 1-2 Staines
Match Report by Tony Duff.
Boro’ Man of the match: Alfredo Bosch.
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