After the terrible weather of the last few days, who would have thought that we’d have a game today and on the South Coast – Amazing, but welcome.

Borough’s only regular missing today, was skipper Alan Inns for whom Darryl Siaw deputised, with Steve Laidler taking the Captain’s armband.

Teams:- Whitehawk: Winterton, Cadmore, Hills, Maher, Lawrence (C), El Abd, Carew, Green, Robinson (McDonald 71), Mills (Gargan 81) and Fraser.

Subs not used: Pires, Addai and Rose.

Farnborough: Scriven, Huggins, Treacher, Doyle (Cole 75), Siaw, Bosch (Fearn 75), 
Bennett (Ball 56) Laidler (C), Sykes, Nurse, and Page.

Sub not used – Jessie Bowers.

Referee:- Nigel Lugg – Assistants:- Reuben Simon & Daniel Berry

The game started fairly evenly with both teams probing without achieving much and it was almost 10 minutes before either goal was threatened. First, Ollie Treacher put Phil Page clear down the left and the latter’s cross was headed behind for a corner which was gathered by the home ‘keeper. Winterton’s long clearance allowed Hawks to create a chance for Robinson who contrived to miss his kick altogether, allowing a grateful Scriven to grab the ball. Seconds later, Robinson collected the ball on 18 yard line and with space and more time than he realised, shot well over.

In truth, neither side were able to make much headway, the strong wind, which was behind Boro’ , did nothing to help either side with the ball swirling around and becoming difficult to control. Adam Doyle was booked on 21 minutes, for what appeared to be no more than an untidy tackle and for the middle third of the half the home side had the better of the exchanges.

Carew, cut in from the right and shot over, while Mills battled his way through the Boro’ defence only to shoot wide. Dominic Green came closest when his shot was well saved by Kevin Scriven tipping it over for a corner. Borough came to life again just past the half hour mark when it was the turn of Phil Page to see his long range effort tipped over.
The resultant corner was cleared but not convincingly. A Huggins free kick was headed on by Sykes, but managed to evade everyone and finally ran through to Winterton. Boro’ saw a low cross from Phil Page on the left flank, make it’s way agonisingly across the face of goal without anyone managing to get a touch.

A relatively dull half drew to a close without a goal.

The home side began the 2nd period in a much more business like fashion and Scriven was forced to turn another Robinson effort over the bar whilst a long range shot from full back Lee Hills was only just too high. Farnborough made a substitution on 56 minutes, replacing an out of sorts Dan Bennett with recently returned loanee, Matt Ball.

Hawks renewed their attack and both Huggins and Siaw were called upon to avert dangerous situations. The 1st goal came on 62 minutes when a free kick from the right was uncharacteristically fumbled by Kevin Scriven. He appeared to push the ball upwards but without power and Sami El Abd simply nodded into the net.  1 – 0  Hawks, 61 mins.

Then, as often happens, a 2nd goal quickly followed. This time, an almost static defence allowed Robinson the time and space to lob Scriven from no more than 8 yards. 2 – 0 Hawks, 62 mins.

The two rather soft goals in the space of a couple of minutes all but killed the game off. Winterton made a good save from Sykes at the expense of a corner which sadly came to nothing, then Hawks made a substitution on 71 minutes, bringing on ex Boro’ favourite, Dean McDonald for Robinson.

Just two minutes later, the home side wrapped up the points well and truly, when Ashley Carew slotted home their 3rd goal.  3 – 0 Hawks, 73 mins.

Borough made a double substitution after 75 minutes bringing on Ade Cole and CJ Fearn for Doyle and Bosch and 5 minutes later the Hawks brought on Gargan to replace Danny Mills. Borough then sought to get at least a consolation goal and El Abd was booked for a foul on Jon Nurse. Eventually, Boro’ succeeded when a strong shot from Ade Cole was blocked and Phil Page was first to react and score from the rebound. 3 – 1  87 mins.

Despite pushing to the end, Boro’ were not able to make any further impression.

Final score:- 3 – 1

A somewhat disappointing result with too many players under par on the same day. For my money, the two full backs, Ollie Treacher and Josh Huggins, both played well and we must now look to Tuesday night for another chance to get some points on the board.

Match Report by Tony Duff.

Att: 162

Summarising the game, ‘Boro boss Spencer Day told BBC Surrey:

“I thought we were the better team in the first half, their keeper has pulled off a worldie. It was the wind that was dominating the game, it was a horrific wind, it was swirling; and we did try and play too short. I thought we edged the first half and the game really, was a 0-0 game. But unfortunately our keeper has made an absolute howler and it’s changed the game – we’re 1-0 down – and then we’ve gifted them a second, and that’s killed the game. So you’re 2-0 down very quickly in a game that really, had 0-0 written all over it – but my defence are saying it’s a blatant handball – and you’re 3-0 down and I’m making excuses – it was a poorly bad game of football but credit to everybody for getting the game on and we’re 3-0 down, which is totally flattering.

“We get one back and I think we should have had a stone wall penalty 10 minutes before the end and that would have made it interesting but if you defend like that and give total gifts to Whitehawk; you get nothing and it was an absolute charity case – not that much difference between the two sides and we’ve taken a beating where we should have had an opportunity to get something out of the game.

Yes [we could have got back into the game] – the three goals came in very quick succession, the first goal totally changed the game and was totally uncharacteristic and one of the worst blunders you going to see and then unfortunately the second goal, which is a mistake – which the lad’s taken well – that kills the game. So we had no chance to get ourselves back in [the game]. What I’ve said in the dressing room: he’s made a mistake, we all make mistakes, and we had a chance to re-group and go and get something from the match but the second goal’s killed it. And then obviously makes it worse with the third so in very quick succession, the game’s very much over, we didn’t have a chance to get back into the game.

“Give Whitehawk some credit for that as well, but the goals were gifts, absolute gifts – totally flattering but in a game of really, it potentially could have ended it 0-0. There was nothing between the two sides, yes they were more physical than us but in the first half, our keeper hasn’t had a shot to save and their keeper has pulled off a blinder from Pagey [Page] and we had a couple of opportunities but we’ve got to learn the lesson.”

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