Luckless Farnborough trounced in Bath.
Spencer Day’s side travelled to mid-table Bath City in a confident mood following Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with Hemel Hempstead Town.
When Pat Keary was dispossessed by Louie Theophanous 11 minutes into the game, Phil Page latched onto a through ball and found himself one-on-one with the Bath City goalkeeper, Thompson who brought down the Farnborough Captain.
But the Referee played an advantage and Louie Theophanous followed up well to slot home his 12th goal of the season. Bath City 0-1 Farnborough.
After some confusion, the Referee confirmed the goal, despite some protests from Bath City players. Goalkeeper Thompson was also awarded a yellow card by the Referee for the foul on Page.
Brice was booked for a foul on the right wing, and Ross Stearn’s right-footed free kick was headed home by midfielder Zac Evans on 21 minutes. Bath City 1-1 Farnborough.
On 28 minutes, Adelsbury held off a challenge from Richens and slid a pass in to Nick McCootie who raced through and fired over Barnes to give his side the lead for the first time in the game. Bath City 2-1 Farnborough.
Ten minutes later McCootie bagged his second of the evening from close range after the Farnborough defence failed to clear a Bowman cross. Bath City 3-1 Farnborough.
Six minutes before half time, Xapi was replaced by Oxford United loanee Freddie Grant in a like-for-like change.
The visitors crumbled and it was that man again, McCootie who completed his hat-trick on 44 minutes with a clinical finish after more hesitant defending. Bath City 4-1 Farnborough.
Into two minutes of additional time, Adelsbury beat Barnes to a pass into the left channel and switched the ball onto his right foot before curling a clever shot above the stranded keeper and into the net. Bath City 5-1 Farnborough.
To Farnborough’s relief, the half time whistle blew shortly after.
Half Time: Bath City 5-1 Farnborough
Seven minutes into the second half, Brice fell to the ground after pulling his hamstring while attempting to deal with a Stearn through ball, and the hungry McCootie raced through to slot the ball through Barnes’ legs. Bath City 6-1 Farnborough.
The was the influential frontman’s fourth goal of the evening. And after lengthy treatment, Brice was carried off on a stretcher to be replaced by Darryl Siaw on 56 minutes.
Reece Beckles then made way for recent signing Roman Michael-Percil after 60 minutes.
16 minutes later, a short back-pass from the opening goalscorer Evans wasn’t capitalised on by Page and the home goalkeeper, Thompson, cleared.
The resulting clearance was collected by striker Dave Pratt and he fed fellow substitute Chas Hemmings who controlled the ball before lobbing goalkeeper Barnes with the help of a slight deflection, as the two substitutes combined for Bath City’s seventh. Bath City 7-1 Farnborough.
On 80 minutes, Louie Theophanous’ deflected cross-cum-shot fell into the path of returning forward Dan Bennett who slid home a consolation. Bath City 7-2 Farnborough.
Phil Page’s low drilled cross from the left wasn’t cleared by the home defence and Bennett’s left footed shot was acrobatically cleared off the line by Keary, but his clearance fell to Theophanous whose shot was blocked and ricocheted into the path of Bennett who rounded Thompson before finally slotting into the net, three minutes before time. Bath City 7-3 Farnborough.
Minutes later, Farnborough were on the attack again and Theophanous’ held off his man and his right-footed strike from a tight angle brushed the post as it bobbled agonisingly wide of Thompson’s goal.
In the final minute, Bath City goalkeeper Thompson scored an own goal as he pushed a looping Phil Page shot into his own net. Bath City 7-4 Farnborough.
But time had ran out for Farnborough as the Adrian Quelch’s full time whistle signified the end of a bizarre high-scoring game.
Spencer Day’s side will now need to re-group ahead of Saturday’s visit from Tommy Widdrington’s 13th placed Eastbourne Borough.
Farnborough FC would also like to wish Bath City good luck in their FA Trophy Semi-Final ties with North Ferriby United.
Next up for Farnborough: Saturday 21 February (KO 3pm), Eastbourne Borough (home).
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