Met put the cuffs on Boro’s strikers.
The visitors started the stronger of the two sides and Boro’s keeper, Victor Silvestre Brotons punched clear from a corner after just 5 minutes. However, Referee Harry Lennard gave a free kick in favour of the keeper.
Ex Boro’ player Jon Nurse looked lively early on and first Tom Broadbent did well to win a tussle for the ball and clear, then CJ Fearn blocked a shot which was on target.
The visitors were given too much space and winger Taureen Roberts made the most of it with some good runs down the left.
On 13 minutes he curled in a cross come shot which came back off the bar and Sylvestre Brotons managed to push the ball out for a corner.
With the pressure continuing on the home side Jon Nurse scored what was to prove the only goal of the game when he stooped to head home a cross from Marsh-Brown after 16 minutes. Farnborough 0-1 Metropolitan Police.
Boro’ did begin to look more threatening and almost equalised on 25 minutes when Bobbie Dale ran into the box and slipped the ball inside to Harry Williams who saw his shot blocked by a defender.
When the ball was returned into the box by Nditi, Williams was first to react but his header was just wide.
Tom Broadbent’s free kick was tipped round the post by Alex Kosakis before Dale rounded the keeper only to hold his head when his shot went just wide of the target.
In added time the Boro’ keeper saved well from Roberts, then was in action again following a free kick first pushing the ball up before catching it under pressure from Bartley.
HALF TIME: Farnborough 0-1 Metropolitan Police
Boro’ players were not showing the understanding which had started to develop, their passing was not at it’s best and they showed the visitors too much respect, allowed them too much time on the ball and paid the price.
The second half began with Boro’ showing much more cohesion in their play and looking much more of a threat.
Both sides made changes with Boro’ replacing Ben-Elmhanni with Nathan Chambers on 59 minutes, the former, being a winger, having made a brave effort as stand in full back.
For Met Police, Jon Nurse was replaced by Tom Collins.
A good run and cross by Adam Nditi evaded all the Boro’ forwards and was finally scuffed out for a corner.
This started a raft of corners for the home side and saw the ball ricocheting to and fro across the front of goal without anyone being able to apply the final touch.
Broadbent did well to block an effort following a Roberts corner when the visitors broke upfield.
Then, when Bobbie Dale bore down on goal, he was brought down in what looked a good about for a penalty but nothing from Mr Lennard.
Nikki Ahamed replaced Taureen Roberts on 70 minutes.
CJ Fearn was doing his best to boost Boro’s efforts to get an equaliser by making some good passes to switch play and backtracking to make some telling interceptions in defence.
With 10 minutes left, Boro’ sent on debutant Meuga Lheureux to replace Nick Awford and showed his ability to good effect in the remaining time.
The visitors looked to be playing out time and the Referee issued a number of warnings about wasting time. They made their final change on 86 minutes with Reece Yorke replacing Louis John.
Four minutes added time was announced and Boro’ kept up the pressure in search of a share of the points.
Some robust tackling saw Bartley receive a yellow card for a trip on CJ Fearn and Mr Lennard finally lost patience with Kosakis who was booked for time wasting.
With the clock running down Boro’ had another penalty appeal turned down when a defender looked to have handled in front of goal.
FULL TIME: Farnborough 0-1 Metropolitan Police
Not at their best, Boro’ deserved a share of the points. Early days and it’s Staines next up on Monday.
Match Report by Tony Duff.
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