More Misery for Boro’

Following another heavy defeat Boro’ and in particular their fans, must surely be realistic and accept that barring a miracle (and they do happen occasionally) it is unlikely that we will see Conference South football next Season.

The scene was set very early on when Boro’ had three attempts at clearing their lines all blocked by eager, quick Bath forwards. Eventually, Barnes had to make a save from Watkins and soon after Siaw blocked an effort from McCootie.

The visitors were better organised and at least a yard faster than Boro’ and it came as no surprise when they opened the scoring in the 9th minute. Coming in from the left at speed and nut megging Brice en route before Stearn beat Barnes low down at the near post. Farnborough 0-1 Bath City.

Watkins was causing all sorts of problems and won a corner when Freddie Grant challenged near the by line. Though the corner was cleared, it wasn’t long before McCootie ran through on the right to beat Barnes for the visitors second after 14 minutes. Farnborough 0-2 Bath City.

This stung Boro’ into action and just two minutes later Bennett was first to a Richens free kick and reduced the arrears on 16 minutes. Farnborough 1-2 Bath City.

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Second top scorer Dan Bennett pounces on Richens’ uncleared free kick

When Robertson found Bennett with good cross field pass it looked promising, but nobody followed up and the cross was cleared without a Boro’ player in sight.

McCootie was allowed to run on unchallenged on the right before slipping the ball to Watkins who slotted home the visitors third goal on 22 minutes. Farnborough 1-3 Bath City.

Brice, who had received treatment a little earlier, limped off after 23 minutes to be replaced by Theophanous who went up front with Hand dropping back. It looked very much as if Brice had again suffered hamstring damage and one wonders if perhaps circumstances led to him returning too early from the previous injury.

Boro’ put together a decent move involving Theophanous, Bennett and Grant which earned them a corner on the right, but no further reward.

Watkins lost control when clear on goal and when the ball fell to Stearn, Barnes blocked with his feet.

When Hand played the ball back to Barnes, the keeper delayed his kick and then pushed the ball across the face of his goal before his attempted clearance was blocked by the quick acting Watkins and flew just over the bar.

Barnes atoned a few minutes later when one-on-one with McCootie he blocked well with his feet.

When Mellor flapped at and missed a cross from the left, a defender was clearly seen to handle the ball but the officials were unmoved.

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A contentious decision goes in Bath City’s favour

Stearn had a snap shot turned over by Barnes for a corner and the keeper then punched the subsequent kick clear. Bath regained possession and had several near misses before the ball was finally cleared.

The visitors added two more goals in a three minute spell just before half time. Following two corners in succession, Watkins won the ball near the byline and somehow turned and beat Barnes from close in on 42 minutes. Farnborough 1-4 Bath City.

Then when Boro’ failed to clear, McCootie took full advantage and scored his second of the game on 46 minutes. Farnborough 1-5 Bath City.

After playing an additional 3 minutes Referee Tim Wood blew for half time with the score at an embarrassing 1 – 5.

Half Time: Farnborough 1-5 Bath City

A poor half for Boro’ who were second best in all departments and made the visitors look better than the scoreline suggested.

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Young midfielder CJ Fearn (left) in action

The second half kicked off at 16.04 with Bath quickly back on the attack and it wasn’t long before McCootie again proved too quick and slotted home a well deserved third goal on 54 minutes. Farnborough 1-6 Bath City.

Freddie Grant was replaced by Ngamvoulou on 59 minutes and Harry Grant was booked a minute later.

Bath replaced the lively Watkins with Allen after 69 minutes.

A Boro’ free kick near half way was tapped short to Bennett who weaved his way upfield before making no mistake and netting his second of the game on 70 minutes. Farnborough 2-6 Bath City.

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Quick thinking from Dan Bennett sees him rifle home his second of the game

Play had hardly restarted when Stearn got his second and Bath’s 7th after outwitting several defenders and the keeper before scoring from about 6 yards on 73 minutes. Farnborough 2-7 Bath City.

Surprisingly, with 17 minutes plus added time remaining, there was no further score although Bath looked likely to get more each time they attacked.

Both sides made further substitutions in the 81st minute with Bath replacing Walsh and Artus with Ball and Hemmings and Boro’ bringing on Shama for Robertson.

The final action saw Bennett attempt a 20 yarder which was too high.

FULL TIME: Farnborough 2-7 Bath City

So Boro’s young and largely inexperienced side conceded 7 goals for the third time this season (two of them against Bath) as well as having conceded 5 twice and 6 on another occasion.

If we go back two or three seasons to when we were more accustomed to winning,we were also building huge debts to meet the higher cost of wages etc.

This season we are told we are living within our means and that’s how it should be. But how does the old saying go? ‘you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear’.

Maybe we need to drop down a level, re-group and form a squad with a mix of age and experience rather than using around sixty players in a season and changing faces so often. I would sooner see a group of players all wanting to play for the club and feeling as though they belonged.

Who knows, there are still six games to go and we must keep backing the team. It’s not over until ‘the fat lady sings’ She’s only warming up as yet.

Match Report by Tony Duff.

Next up for Farnborough: Saturday 28 March (KO 3pm), Bishop’s Stortford (away).


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