Smash and grab for Ravens

With Boro’ looking to build on a fine midweek win away to Maidenhead they faced formidable opposition in the shape of Bromley riding high in 3rd spot and many peoples tip for promotion.

The kick off was preceded by a minutes silence in memory of Hazel Manning a long time supporter of the club who was a willing helper in a number of roles. Sadly, Hazel recently lost her long battle with illness and will be sorely missed. Our condolences to her family and friends.

Bromley got the game under way attacking the PRE and the opening minutes saw a lively start from both sides with some fairly robust tackles in evidence. Adam Birchall, having fouled Ferrell in trying to muscle his way past, protested long and loud to Referee, Robert Hyde. Mr Hyde was soon having words with Ugo Udoji when the defender needlessly fouled Ollie Treacher with the ball running out for a goal kick.

A long kick from Boro’s new new on loan keeper, Craig Ross, found the lively Okenabirhie on the right wing and he was halted by Udoji, unfairly, bringing him a 2nd lecture in a few minutes, but surprisingly, no card. Takyi headed just wide from the free kick.

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Goalkeeper Craig Ross made his Boro’ debut on Saturday

When a Bromley defender deflected another effort onto the roof of his own net, Matt Ball headed just over from the resultant corner. Boro’ were playing some neat football and the visitors were making little impression until following a free kick after a foul by Treacher, Louis Dennis headed well over.

Boro’ continued to have the better of exchanges at this the mid point of the half and Fejiri Okenabirhie was involved frequently. One long accurate pass from Rodgers, finding the speedy wing man just offside and when Okenabirhie returned the compliment with a crossfield passing, Rodgers cross into the box was grabbed by Seb Brown. Then Phil Page received the ball from Okenabirhie, moved into the box, but his shot was too high.

The visitors had a flurry of chances with Anderson over hitting a free kick on the left before Slabber found the side netting with a half chance, then Birchall slashed a shot well wide of Craig Ross’s right post.

A Boro’ corner on the left was played short to Webb and his cross was charged down. The non stop Okenabirhie was penalised just outside his own area, but his opposite number, Louis Dennis, was too high with the free kick. When Okenabirhie, who else, played in Matt Ball, the Bromley keeper did well to smother the ball at the mid fielders feet.

Next it was the turn of Ross to save well from Birchall and from the corner, made an even better diving save to deny Bailey-Dennis. A Matt Ball free kick was charged down and when the No 8 won it back he was tackled and a goal kick was given.

The remainder of the half, which had no added time, saw the Boro’ defence working hard to keep the visitors out with Adam Brice, standing firm in the centre showing good positional sense and making good use of his height.

Half Time: Farnborough 0-0 Bromley

A fast moving half which saw Boro’ playing some good football and passing the ball around to good effect. The visitors had their moments, but were wasteful in front of goal. Fejiri Okenabirhie, was prominent throughout enjoying a great 45 minutes.

The second half got started at 4.01 and Bromley were first to show a good move involving several players that ended with skipper Danny Waldren shooting tamely into the arms of Craig Ross. Ten minutes in Matt Ball had a shot from the left side of the area which just cleared the bar and then, in a grant it four minute spell the game and exploded.

Paul Rodgers was penalised out wide on the left and Joe Anderson took the free kick which went right over to the far side of the area and the return ball by Bailey-Dennis was headed home by Pierre Joseph-Dubois who had followed in from his original kick. Boro’ 0 – Bromley 1, 55 minutes.

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Joseph-Dubois scored his third of the season

Bromley reclaimed possession from the restart and went forward again. Boro’s defence appeared to lose concentration allowing Danny Waldren to strike home the visitors second goal in off the underside of Ross’ crossbar. Boro’ 0 – Bromley 2, 57 minutes.

This stung Boro’ into action and when they won a free kick just outside the box, Matt Ball flighted his kick into the area where Adam Brice coolly headed home his first goal for the club. Boro’ 1 – Bromley 2, 59 mins.

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Brice headed home his first Boro’ goal

Boro’ made an immediate substitution replacing Ferdinand Takyi with Dan Bennett hoping to boost their chances of salvaging something from the game. There was certainly no lack of intent or effort from the home side, but the rub of the green was missing.

Bromley defended in numbers and made a double substitution on 68 minutes with Culley and Ademola replacing Birchall and Slabber. The final 20 or so minutes saw Boro’ attacking almost constantly and the visitors mostly restricted to trying to hit them on the break.

Waldren all but succeeded but Ross saved well and then Paul Rodgers conceded a free kick on the edge of the box and was shown a yellow card. Having been injured in the tackle Rodgers was required to leave the pitch and the referred then appeared to forget him despite shouted reminders from the home bench.

The visitors made their final sub with just under 10 minutes to go, bringing on Ali Fuseini for Louis Dennis and were lucky not to have anyone booked for some of their time wasting. Ross saved from Ademola then, with Boro’ continuing to press Okenabirhie latched on to Webb’s free kick and Brown saved at the expense of a corner.

Adam Brice came close to scoring his 2nd of the game from the corner, but this time his header was just too high. Despite all the substitutions and time wasting, Mr Hyde only added 4 minutes and time ran out for Boro’.

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Brice was a threat from set pieces and came close to a second goal

Full Time: Farnborough 1-2 Bromley

A thoroughly entertaining game which came down to a four minute spell mid way through the second half. Boro’ deserved at least a point for the way they played, but got nothing. However, any neutrals in the crowd of 369 would have struggled to identify which team were laying 3rd and which were 13th at the start of play.

Match Report by Tony Duff.

Next up for Farnborough – Tuesday 16 September (KO 7.30pm), Cowes Sports (home).


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