Farnborough still seeking first away win

The clash between fellow strugglers saw the home side remain one place above their opponents in 21st place.

Both teams have now played 20 games and just two points separate them with Brentwood having the better goal difference by 7.

So, the supposed Essex jinx and the long awaited away win continue to haunt Boro’, though this draw is an improvement on most visits to the County which have often resulted in a good thrashing.

The game got away under grey skies with the home side playing with the strong gusting wind at their backs.

The rather scrappy opening 10 minutes saw the home side dominate and Boro’ survive a few sticky moments when the ball seemed to spend a good deal of time literally blowing and bouncing around their six yard box, crying out for either a decisive strike, or a firm clearance.

The home skipper, Martyn Stokes, got a long shot on target after 15 minutes and Bufton saved well at the foot of his right hand post.

Ryan Zidyana came closest for Boro’ on twenty minutes when he met a cross from the right and shot past the post.

It was evident from the start that the home side who were predominantly on the large side, favoured prodigious use of their arms. Grabbing, pulling and shoving being the norm whether the challenge was on the ground, or in the air.

I know this is not rare in today’s games, however, the Referee saw fit to allow it to continue without even a word of discouragement.

Nobody wants to see the game constantly interrupted, or a rash of cards, but to ignore the situation simply encourages more of the same. In some instances they employed moves more commonly seen in a game of Rugby.

After surviving one or two more sticky moments which included a correctly denied penalty appeal, Boro’ then enjoyed a spell which saw them make more progress towards against the strong wind.

Bogdan Vastsuk was fouled to the right of the penalty area and the free kick was well met by Andy Jenkinson whose on target shot cannoned off a defender and was cleared.

HALF TIME: Brentwood Town 0-0 Farnborough

Forty-five minutes largely dominated by the strong wind saw both sides too often resorting to the long punt up field with the home side’s wind assisted efforts proving no more effective.

Conditions were crying out for keeping the ball on the deck, though in fairness, the undulating and uneven surface did not seem ideal for such tactics.

The second half began at 4:02pm with Boro’ having made a change at the interval with Hussein Mohammed replacing Jack Barton.

The start of this second period very much mirrored the scrappy opening of the first half as if the sides were surprised to find the wind was still blowing and remained unsure of the best way to react.

The home side were first to really create a chance with a good left side approach ending in a shot which flew across the face of goal and out for a goal kick.

After Freddie Grant was booked for a foul near the centre line, Boro’ defended the kick and embarked on a counter attack which saw Mohammed shooting from the left side of the box but wide of the far post.

No more than a couple of minutes later the home side went ahead when Liam Hope slid home at the near post following a left cross from Mitch Hahn after 62 minutes. Brentwood Town 1-0 Farnborough.

This opener seemed to give the game life and both keepers were called upon to make decent saves.

First, Guest denied Jenkinson, then Aaron Bufton saved well from Dwayne James.

The equaliser was not long coming and a long clearance from Bufton looked as though it might be too long before Jamie White managed to bring it down and rifle home from about 12 yards out on 69 minutes. Brentwood Town 1-1 Farnborough.

Both sides made changes on 75 minutes with Boro’ bringing on Nicholas Brown in place of Ryan Zidyana and the home side replacing Hogan and James with Ngandu and Stanley.

CJ Fearn was booked following a skirmish in midfield which saw a number of Brentwood Town players over reacting and in danger of escalating the situation out of proportion.

Boro’ had the better of the exchanges in the final 15 minutes and Jamie White came close after Nicholas Brown put him through with a shot only narrowly off target before Brown and Mohammed both went close in the dying minutes.

The best chance of a decider fell to Brentwood Town substitute, Shad Ngandu, who managed to blaze his shot over the bar from inside the six yard box following a good approach and cross from Jamie Guy.

CJ Fearn was injured in the 90th minute near the Boro’ goal line and replaced by Dean Joseph-Whittingham for the unspecified period of added time.

CJ was helped from the pitch at the end and hopefully, his injury will prove to be less serious than it looked.

FULL TIME: Brentwood Town 1-1 Farnborough

A closely contested game in which both sides had opportunities, but conditions had the final say.

A draw was probably the fairest result in the end.

Match Report by Tony Duff.

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