Tough times continue for Boro’
For the fourth time in two weeks Boro’ faced a team in the top seven of the League and if that wasn’t enough they must now face Bognor Regis Town for a second time on Tuesday followed by a long away trip to Suffolk where they will meet the league leaders, Leiston.
A daunting period for a young side struggling to establish themselves after a delayed start to their season.
Of the four League games they have lost to Canvey Island (6th) lost narrowly to Tonbridge Angels (3rd) beaten Bognor Regis Town (7th) and now lost to 2nd place Dulwich Hamlet.
On the face of it 3 points from a possible twelve is not a good return. However, the return has been disproportionate to the effort displayed and each game played will hopefully allow the side to gel and improve.
Today’s opponents have to be the biggest and strongest side faced to date and well organised. Even so, the certainly didn’t have things all their own way despite what the final score might suggest.
Boro’ opened on the front foot with Collins putting Cole away down the left and his low cross was gratefully booted clear. A Collins corner on the right was partially cleared and was returned to him but he was flagged offside.
The visitors first showing was when Nelson shot well over from 25 yards.
Ten minutes in a clever chipped cross from Tommy Wright saw keeper Phil Wilson claim the ball off the head of Harry Williams.
The long clearance found Nelson who made progress and crossed well for Scannell to open the scoring after 11 minutes. Farnborough 0-1 Dulwich Hamlet.
Almost immediately Matt Bevans saw his shot go narrowly wide.
Tom Broadbent slipped while trying to dispossess Jacob Erskine and the ball ran to Sweeney who shot wide and shortly after Joe Tupper saved well at the feet of Erskine.
A long free kick from Perry Ryan curled wide of the post then Tommy Wright’s shot was deflected over for a corner.
The roll of the dice continued against Boro’ when injuries forced a double substitution after just 24 minutes with Perry Ryan and Tom Broadbent were replaced with Jack Barton and Martin Dynan leading to a reshuffle in the centre of defence and midfield.
Four minutes later Tupper saved well from Carew, but the ball was played back into the centre where Dulwich skipper Danny Waldren headed home their second on 28 minutes. Farnborough 0-2 Dulwich Hamlet.
Tupper saved from Sweeney at the expense of a corner before Bobbie Dale had two chances in five minutes. First he made space inside the area but shot wide, then when a good ball from Tommy Wright presented another chance this too was wide of the target.
CJ Fearn and Bobbie Dale attempt to attack a Farnborough set-piece
Two minutes were added during which Tupper saved well from Erskine to keep the half-time score line at 0-2.
HALF TIME: Farnborough 0-2 Dulwich Hamlet
The visitors, whose average height was surely in excess of six feet, were well drilled and streetwise in every way.
Boro’ were by no means out of it but need to play the ball on the deck rather than onto the heads of towering defenders and above all get their chances on target.
The second period was just five minutes old when the canny Erskine charged into the area and a rather clumsy tackle from Dynan led to the award of a penalty which Carew duly smashed into the roof of the net on 51 minutes. Farnborough 0-3 Dulwich Hamlet.
Effectively game over, but Boro’ were not giving up and after Tupper had made another good save from Erskine and punched clear the resultant corner, the home side enjoyed a twenty minute period which saw them take the game to Dulwich Hamlet and dominate.
Tommy Wright’s strong shot took a deflection and looped over Wilson to reduce the arrears on 57 minutes. Farnborough 1-3 Dulwich Hamlet.
Pinnock was booked for bringing down Williams just short of the area and Bevans’ free kick was fumbled past the post by Wilson.
Pinnock escapes with only a yellow card after a late, last-ditch tackle on Williams
Bobbie Dale had a shot deflected out for a corner before Wilson made up for his earlier juggling by making a good save to deny Boro’ a second goal.
Marc Ethelston neatly nicked the ball off Jordan Brown and crossed well but sadly nobody could quite reach it.
Dulwich replaced Erskine with Hibbert on 77 minutes, and Boro’s final change came shortly after when Harry Williams made way for Nathan Chambers after 82 minutes.
When Dulwich Hamlet made what had for best part of half an hour been a rare visit to the Boro’ area, Scannell was well wide with a header, but his blushes were saved as the flag was up for offside.
Tommy Wright was able to continue following a knock then Dulwich made their last two changes when Murrell-Williamson and Scannell were replaced with Willcock and Mascoll on 87 minutes.
Just before the ninety minutes expired a Dan Sweeney shot took a heavy deflection and Joe Tupper had no chance as the ball found the net to make the score on 89 minutes. Farnborough 1-4 Dulwich Hamlet.
In the four added minutes Boro’ kept on going. Ethelston made a timely tackle to clear a dangerous move on the left and there was just time for Martin Dynan to head inches over from a free kick and Tommy Wright to see a good shot claimed by Wilson just under the crossbar.
Good luck with next week’s tough away trips then perhaps we can look forward to playing some of the less fancied teams.
FULL TIME: Farnborough 1-4 Dulwich Hamlet
Match Report by Tony Duff.
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