Farnborough comfortably saw off neighbours Cove 3-0 at the Oak Farm Stadium to claim their second win of pre-season.

The latest of our pre season friendlies was on Friday evening against near neighbours Cove FC at their Oak Farm ground.

As expected, Borough named some 21 players, a mixture of  those on contract and numerous trialists.

The first half started with both sides feeling their way,  but Borough clearly intended to take the game to their opponents. Borough’s No 9 was first to try his luck his effort finding the side netting before a Phil Page effort went just past the post. However, a goal soon came when a good counter attack saw Joe Taylor coolly chip in from about 10 yards. Cove 0-1 Borough – 12 minutes.

One or two challenges from Cove seemed a bit over zealous for a “friendly” and their No. 6 was fortunate to only receive a talking to for a particularly heavy challenge on the Borough keeper. A Borough free kick on the right led to No 9 crashing a shot against the bar, but he was not to be denied for long as the ball fell to him seconds later and he hammered home a 25 yard cross shot from the left.  Cove 0 – 2 Borough – 20 minutes.

Following a drinks break, the referee spoke at length to a couple of Cove players as tackles kept flying in. A Cove free kick on the half hour saw an alert Boro’ keeper deal comfortably with a headed attempt. Minutes later, a good through ball found the eager Page and his accurate strike found the net for Borough’s third.  Cove 0 – 3 Borough. 33 minutes.

The remainder of the half saw some end to end play with Borough mostly in control though Cove number  8 came closest to scoring with an overhead kick following a left side corner. Benjamin replaced No 9 (injured?) 42 minutes and the half finished with Borough still three goals ahead.

The 2nd half commenced at 8.50 and, in all honesty it was difficult to keep tabs on the many substitutions from both sides. This was not helped by a rather odd numbering system employed by Borough which saw two No 6’s and two No 8’s all on the pitch together. Also, a rather different No 9 to the one who scored their 2nd goal in the first half. Oh! what I wouldn’t have given for a ‘Nigel Long’ to help sort it out.

Both sides were doing their best to make progress and for most of the half Borough were on top. However, possibly due to the many changes, their play was less cohesive and at times rather scrappy. Even so, it was difficult to see why they didn’t add to their tally, but the Cove defence pulled back players in numbers and road their luck on several occasions.

Cove did come out in the last 10 minutes no doubt trying to salvage some pride. They struck the bar on 80 minutes and five minutes later brought a good save from the Boro’ keeper diving to his right.

Result: Cove 0 – 3 Farnborough.

In the end a comfortable result for Borough with some encouraging performances, but, no doubt, once we have a settled squad we will really see what they can do when they can get used to a familiar set-up without the need to chop and change. But then, that’s what these pre season games are all about.

Match Report by Tony Duff.

Next up for Farnborough – Tuesday 22nd July (KO 7.45pm), Metropolitan Police (away)


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