A less Harrowing evening for Boro’
Just six weeks after losing the away fixture at the Earlsmead Stadium this return at The Rushmoor Community Stadium was to be far more rewarding for the home side who were able to bank another valuable three points in their fight against a possible double relegation.
The visitors got the game away a fair pace and were quickly on the offensive.
After just three minutes a free kick on the corner of Boro’s box came in high and Aaron Bufton was clattered as he jumped to claim the ball. Fortunately, a free kick was awarded as the loose ball had been prodded into the net.
Boro’ saw very little of the ball in the opening twenty minutes and their one time loan player, Fejiri Okenabirhie, was prominent and caused a few problems for his old team mates with his sorties down the right flank and good crosses.
Boro’ were struggling to find any rhythm and it was no great surprise when the more composed visitors took the lead after twenty-two minutes when David Taylor netted a chip from Marc Charles-Smith on the left after 22 minutes. Farnborough 0-1 Harrow Borough.
The home side settled a little and after 28 minutes Conor Hudnott juggled with a free kick from the right before he finally grabbed the ball and cleared.
A minute later Jamie White shot from some distance but straight at Hudnott and just after the half hour Boro’ made a change.
Ryan Zidyana, who was not lacking in effort or energy, was withdrawn and Nicholas Brown replaced him on 32 minutes.
The youngster simple wasn’t able to channel his energy on this occasion, but no doubt his time will come again.
Less than two minutes later Jamie White was ideally placed to side foot home a good cross from Freddie Grant on 34 minutes. Farnborough 1-1 Harrow Borough.
Just five more minutes passed before the change proved it’s worth when Bogdan Vastsuk did well to chase down a ball on the right from Grant, gain possession and lay the ball back perfectly for Nicholas Brown to run on to at the corner of the box and hit a perfect strike well beyond Hudnott to give Boro’ the lead on 39 minutes. Farnborough 2-1 Harrow Borough.
Harrow Borough must have had feelings of deja vu as Brown had scored with a similar strike in the game at the Earlsmead Stadium in October.
Boro’ grew in confidence and had the better of the remaining time and 4 added minutes.
HALF TIME: Farnborough 2-1 Harrow Borough
The visitors clearly dictated the first half an hour or so and deservedly took the lead. However, falling behind, coupled with the substitution, seemed to give a different dimension to Boro’s game and they the went in at the interval looking a different side and well worth their lead.
The second period got away at 8:49pm with Boro’ continuing much as the finished the first half.
Vastsuk was put clear on the right, cut inside his defender and let fly a shot from the corner of the box which was no more than inches over the angle of post and bar.
The visitors had a free kick on the edge of the box which flew high and wide of the target before McCall was shown a yellow card for a cynical foul on Freddie Grant.
Harrow Borough made two changes on 59 minutes – replacing McCall and skipper, Marc Charles-Smith with Cascoe and Bryan respectively. Peacock took over the Captain’s armband.
Boro’ kept up the search for another goal and Jenkinson had a shot deflected for a corner, before a strong header from MacDonald was only just kept out by Hudnott at the expense of another corner.
Another MacDonald effort, this time a 35 yard shot, was also turned out for a corner and this started a period which saw Boro’ lay siege to the Harrow Borough goal.
The six-yard box became a shooting gallery and how the ball avoided entering the net on at least six occasions remains a mystery.
Hudnott and his defenders threw themselves in front of the ball blocking with legs, backsides and anything else that was available.
Hardly textbook defending, but effective as when at last they cleared the ball up field the score had not changed.
Harrow Borough made their final change, replacing Josh Webb (number 11) with Mark Mcleod on 77 minutes.
Boro’ kept on the attack and with 10 minutes remaining a good move between Vastsuk and White put Collins through and his shot from the edge of the box was kicked off the line.
Boro’ made their remaining two changes in a two minute period with Freddie Grant, who must have covered every blade of grass, giving way to Jack Barton on 83 minutes and Jamie White being replaced by John Oyenuga on 85 minutes.
Michael Peacock, who had certainly made himself heard a good deal since inheriting the skipper’s armband, finally tried Referee, Read’s patience once too often and was booked for dissent.
Apart from the very occasional trip to the Moor Road End, the remainder of the ninety minutes plus the four added saw Boro’ continue to attack and run down time intelligently to claim a well earned three points.
FULL TIME: Farnborough 2-1 Harrow Borough
It took best part of half an hour, a goal conceded and a well timed substitution before Boro’ got their act together, but from then onwards the game changed completely and every single player put in a decent shift working as a team determined to win and bank three more valuable points. Well done all.
Seven points from the last nine should give confidence another boost for Saturday’s visit of Leatherhead who sit just five points above us and must be a legitimate target.
Match Report by Tony Duff.
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