Bogdan strike seals points for Boro’

Boro’ were without Tom Broadbent, sick,  and without Glen Southam or Nicholas Brown.

John Oyenuga started at right full-back and gave a first start to new boy Aruna Kamara with another new face, Andrew Seriki on the bench.

The match began on time on a not too surprising heavy pitch following a week of heavy rain.

The opening ten minutes or so was a fairly scrappy affair though Boro’ did force an early corner on the right and then a good cross from Oyenuga saw Josh James save from Vastsuk’s header.

The visitors came close from a left side corner when Bufton scrambled the ball out from under the bar before falling on it and clearing.

Boro’ found Kamara with a long clearance but the off-side flag was raised.

Then Pat Harding took advantage of a fortunate bounce which allowed him a shot from the edge of the area which Bufton saved.

Boro’ were beginning to settle now and had a number of good moves in a five minute spell. Jamie White did well to control a high ball over the top from MacDonald, but after a promising couple of touches the ball ran out for a goal kick.

Then a good cross from White was just too far for Vastsuk to convert.

Jenkinson’s cross from the right dropped just over the bar before a free kick by the same player was too strong and went through to the keeper.

Pat Harding was booked on 32 minutes and the free kick was cleared.

Then Darryl Siaw, who was having a very steady game in the Boro’ defence was fouled while attempting to clear from a Burgess Hill attack. No action taken.

Bogdan Vastsuk was put through  on 39 minutes and despite attempts to force him away from goal he finished superbly from the narrowest of angles to put Boro’ ahead. Farnborough 1-0 Burgess Hill Town.

Boro’ were in control for the remainder of the half and 1 minute of added time and one good move started by Jamie White looked promising before the visitors finally got the ball clear.

HALF TIME: Farnborough 1-0 Burgess Hill Town

A lively first half after an uncertain start. Boro’ had the lions share of possession and were worth the lead given them by another fine Bogdan Vastsuk goal from a very tight angle.

The overall team performance was encouraging with the defence looking more solid than of late. John Oyenuga was an inspiration in both defence and when making frequent attacking moves down the right.

The second period got away at 4:02pm.

The visitors were pushing for an equaliser and five minutes in Andrew Jenkinson was booked for a foul on Chris Smith when breaking up an attack. The free kick went through for a goal kick.

Burgess Hill made a substitution after 52 minutes with Harding being replaced by Darren Budd.

Sam Gargan had an unexpected opportunity when a defender lost his footing but his shot was well over the bar.

In the 58th minute Kamara prodded the ball home from close in following a cross from the left, but the off-side flag brought a stop to celebrations.

Play was swinging from end to end and on the 60 minute mark Jamie White got through and was one-on-one with the keeper only to slip as he got his shot away. As a result, the effort lost power allowing James to gratefully collect and clear.

The visitors were fortunate to clear a further attack which saw the ball flying around their area before finally being thumped up field.

Boro’s first substitution came when Aruna Kamara, who had shown some good touches on his debut, was replaced by Jack Barton after 70 minutes.

Almost immediately Barton put Oyenuga away on the right but the youngster’s cross somehow evaded everyone in the area.

Shortly afterwards Oyenuga went down in a 50/50 challenge while defending, but was fortunately able to continue after attention and was soon to make a timely interception and clear from an attack down the right.

The second Burgess Hill substitution came in the 74th minute when Lee Harding made way for Dan Perry.

With 10 minutes left of the ninety, Aaron Bufton made a good close range stop from Chris Smith to retain Boro’s lead.

The visitors were pushing hard to try and salvage a point and an attack on the right led to a free kick which went through to Bufton.

Shortly after, the keeper palmed away a corner from the right to concede another on the opposite side.

This  corner was finally cleared when Boro’ were awarded a free kick on the edge of their penalty area.

Burgess Hill continued to press and Bufton was quickly out to smother a dangerous through ball.

Burgess Hill made their final change when Joe Keehan was replaced by Elliot Levy on 89 minutes.

Referee Paul Evans indicated a minimum of three minutes added time which saw renewed efforts from the visitors and gave Boro’ no chance to relax.

Dan Pearse fouled Oyenuga and was fortunate not to be booked.

Around the 90 minute mark Bufton failed to make firm contact on a punched clearance, but fortunately the loose ball was blazed well over.

Boro’s  final change on 91 minutes saw a limping Bogdan Vastsuk leave the field to well earned applause to be replaced with Ryan Zidyana.

Burgess Hill came close when a free kick near the right touchline landed on the roof of the net and a tense final few minutes of added time saw Boro’  playing sensibly to close the game out and earn three precious points.

FULL TIME: Farnborough 1-0 Burgess Hill Town

A good team performance from Boro’ to secure the win against a team in the top half of the table. Everyone played their part with many solid showings particularly in defence.

Another great strike from Bogdan Vastsuk secured the points, but for me, young John Oyenuga seemed to come of age today and made his mark in both defence and attack. Also, Aruna Kamara, making his debut showed enough promise to earn a further opportunity.

Well done all and let’s carry this sort of performance forward to Tuesday night’s away game at Staines – who knows we could yet break our away duck.

Match Report by Tony Duff.

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