Second half Godden show defeats Farnborough

Playing their first League game since the home defeat against Gosport, surely Boro’ were due a change of fortune.

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Farnborough players warm up pre-match

The game got underway at 3.00 p.m. and the home side were first to show when Kiernan burst through on the right, but Darryl Siaw did well to get back and challenge at the cost of a corner.

The corner was cleared and Boro’ s quick counter attack ended with a shot from Dan Bennett taking a reflection which almost wrong footed Hall in the Fleet goal.

When Siaw challenged Godden just outside the area, the big number 10 went down rather easily, but the free kick was too long and went behind for a goal kick.

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The Farnborough defence were in for a tough afternoon against the League’s 3rd placed team

The home side enjoyed a period of pressure which saw them make several attempts on the Boro’ goal, all of which were cleared, or too high.

A McMahon free kick from just outside the box on the right crashed against the underside of the bar and was cleared, then Hidden screwed a shot wide of Grainger’s left post from a good position.

On the half hour, Arnau made a strong tackle near the touchline and was replaced by David Banjo while the Fleet player received attention. This appeared to be a tactical move as Arnau was on a yellow card. Shortly after play resumed, another curling free kick from McMahon sailed a couple of feet over.

Godden’s header from a left side corner was punched clear by Grainger. The last five minutes of normal time and the 4 added by Mr Wood, saw a flurry of action.

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Goalkeeper Charlie Grainger made his first competitive start since returning on loan

First, Howe’s was booked for dissent, then Boro’ crashed a shot against the bar, but the flag was up for off side. Page was booked, rather unluckily, just outside the area and McMahon thumped the free kick low into the defensive wall and then hit the rebound yards wide of the post.

Half Time: Ebbsfleet United 0-0 Farnborough

A well contested first half with the home side having more clear chances, but Boro’ by no means out of it. All to play for.

The second period got off at 4.05 p.m. and Boro’ had the first effort on goal, when, following a free kick, Harry Grant brought a good save from Hall in the Fleet goal. The clearance was quickly despatched upfield and led to Godden opening the scoring for the home side on 48 minutes.

Following a period of end to end play, a good run by Dan Bennett put Louie Theophanous in for a shot which was blocked. When the Boro’ number 10 attempted to regain possession he appeared to have been fouled and went down near to the post. Mr Wood waved away the visitor’s appeals.

Ebbsfleet enjoyed a purple patch which brought them three corners in quick succession before Sheringham shot wide. When Boro’ got back on the attack, Hall saved well from Phil Page turning the Boro’ skipper’s shot round the post.

When Kiernan, who had been a constant threat, was injured near the far touchline, he was replaced by Sessegnon on 82 minutes. Two minutes later, another quick counter attack ended with Matt Godden slotting home his second of the match to make it 2-0 to the hosts.

Page was replaced by Quiassaca in the 87th minute and after Grainger made a good diving save from Sheringham, the home side completed the scoring when Godden tucked away his third of the afternoon in the 90th minute.

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Godden’s second half hat-trick lifted Ebbsfleet up to 2nd in the League

Boro’ brought on Pearse for Bennett in stoppage time, but, even though they kept going to the last whistle, Boro’ were unable to change the scoreline.

Full Time: Ebbsfleet United 3-0 Farnborough

Despite a reasonable display which saw them remain in with a shout right up until the 85th minute, Boro’ weren’t able to rediscover winning ways. It’s been said before, but every team needs a bit of luck and this game could easily have had a different result but for a couple of very good saves by the home keeper at crucial moments.

Though the rearranged defence, due to the absence of Adam Brice, performed well for the most part, the presence of the big centre back was missed. With half a dozen or so games still to go before the half way point of the season, it is not a lost cause. Given a few more games together, this squad can pull us through if given the support.

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Match Report by Tony Duff.

Next up for Farnborough – Monday 17 November (KO 7:45pm), St Albans (away).


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