Injury-hit Farnborough come away from Sussex empty-handed
Manager, Spencer Day handed starts to new signings Freddie Grant (one month loan from Oxford United), Glen Southam and Keith Emmerson.
Tom Broadbent and Bobbie Dale both missed out due to injuries picked up in Saturday’s 1-4 Home defeat to Dulwich Hamlet.
Straight from kick off, Perry Ryan scuffed an early shot on the edge of the area for Farnborough and Bognor Regis Town cleared.
That seemed to wake the hosts up, as minutes later a dangerous through ball from Nilsen cut open the Farnborough defence but Sanders managed to hook away the cross.
New signing for Farnborough, Glen Southam won possession on the edge of the Bognor Regis Town box but Smith was alert to save his effort from 25 yards.
Against the run of play, the hosts took the lead on 10 minutes. Wright lost out in a 50-50 challenge on the edge of the Farnborough box and Crane chipped a ball to the back post to Rutherford who controlled well before calmly slotting past Tupper. Bognor Regis Town 1-0 Farnborough.
The lively Rutherford started another attack and played a dangerous ball into Prior but Tupper saved a first-time strike well to prevent the Bognor Regis Town Captain from doubling his sides lead.
Minutes later, Grant curled a left-footed strike narrowly wide of Smith’s right-hand post.
From a partially-cleared Farnborough corner, the ball fell to Southam on the edge of the box and his powerful volley dipped just over Smith’s bar.
The next chance of the game came from Bognor Regis Town who attacked down the right and Pearce found Rutherford inside the box but he wanted too much time on the ball as the Farnborough defence recovered.
Good link-up play from the hosts saw Prior run through on goal but he was forced wide and Fearn tracked back well with vital tackle.
Gaps were appearing in the Farnborough team and a well-timed ball in behind Fearn was latched on to by Snorre who rounded Tupper and finished very well from a tight angle on 29 minutes. Bognor Regis Town 2-0 Farnborough.
After winning possession back inside the Bognor Regis Town half, Farnborough couldn’t make the most of an opportunity as Ryan had a shot comfortably saved by Smith.
HALF TIME: Bognor Regis Town 2-0 Farnborough
Home Manager, Jamie Howell replaced Doug Tuck with Gary Charman in midfield at Half Time.
Just minutes into the half, Emmerson put a header from close range off-target as Farnborough searched for a way back into the game.
On 56 minutes, Rutherford attacked for the hosts but his cross-shot ended on the roof of Tupper’s net.
There was a lengthy break in play for Farnborough striker, Tommy Wright who picked up a nasty-looking injury in a head collision in a challenge with a Bognor Regis Town defender. Wright hobbled back into the pitch after treatment with a bandage but wasn’t looking as lively up-front.
Bognor Regis Town extended their lead on 62 minutes when a short ball from Ryan resulted in Ethelston getting injured in a challenge, and a ball out to the left found Rutherford whose shot, which was at Tupper, found it’s way into the back of the net. Bognor Regis Town 3-0 Farnborough.
Ed Sanders, who had received treatment earlier in the half for an injury, was immediately withdrawn and replaced by midfidler Lewis Collins, who turns 19 this week.
In a similar position to the second goal, Wright won a 50-50 challenge and slid the ball into the path of Williams who struck high and past Smith to give Farnborough a life-line on 66 minutes. Bognor Regis Town 3-1 Farnborough.
A minute later, Martin Dynan replaced Marc Ethelston who came off injured from a challenge in the build-up to Bognor Regis Town’s third goal.
The Rooks Captain, Prior was harshly awarded the game’s first yellow card on 72 minutes.
Soon after, two-goal hero Alfie Rutherford was replaced by Alex Parsons.
Nilson then hit the bar with a powerful effort after Farnborough failed to clear a corner.
Southam was booked for a foul on Prior on the far side.
Farnborough’s final substitution saw Jack Barton replace the battered and bruised Tommy Wright on 81 minutes.
Bognor Regis Town substitute, Parsons picked up a loose ball, drove into the box and and drilled the ball low into the bottom-right corner of Tupper’s goal. Bognor Regis Town 4-1 Farnborough.
The final substitution of the game saw Jamie Horncastle replace Jason Prior on 84 minutes for The Rooks, who saw the game out to deservedly bag the 3 points which moved them up to third place in the Ryman League Premier Division Table.
FULL TIME: Bognor Regis Town 4-1 Farnborough
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