Dale double helps Boro’ progress in Robert Dyas Cup

The visitors were late arriving and for whatever reason their team sheet was not available until well into the match.

Boro’ rested CJ Fearn and Tom Broadbent took over as skipper.

The home side were so dominant in the first half that Lewes were restricted to the odd break and in fact didn’t manage a shot on target in the whole 45 minutes.

Boro’ played simple but effective football with some good passing mainly on the deck and showed a growing understanding with Williams, Dale and Wright causing problems when the combined going forward.

With the defence looking comfortable and Bevans, Barton and Ryan bossing the middle of the park the only surprise was that the margin was only two goals at the break.

A Bobbie Dale double – first, a strong shot into the bottom corner on 31 minutes after Lewes lost possession in midfield. Farnborough 1-0 Lewes.

Dale’s second, a neat finish following a good three man move in the 44th minute, saw them cruise into a two goal lead. Farnborough 2-0 Lewes.

The only slight anxiety being whether they would rue missed opportunities if the visitors were to improve in the second period.

The second half got away at 8:50pm, with Boro’ replacing Dale with COllins who had received a knock earlier and for Lewes, Stroomberg replaced Crooks.

Dynan went forward early into the half and let fly with his left foot but his shot was just wide. Boro’ broke through on a couple more occasions but Bevans then Williams were caught offside, then Hutchins saved well when Williams ran clear again.

Lewes had a free kick on the edge of the area which went off the wall for a corner, then on 54 minutes having broken up a Boro’ attack they countered and Deen’s shot deflected off a defender and looped over Tupper in to the far corner to reduce the deficit on 54 minutes. Farnborough 2-1 Lewes.

Lewes replaced former Boro’ player, Phillip Appiah with Logan and then Levy replaced Conlon.

Boro’ regained a two goal advantage on 73 mins when Lewis Collins scored from Tommy Wright’s pass. Farnborough 3-1 Lewes.

Boro’s final subs on 79 minutes saw Tom Broadbent and Harry Williams replaced by Chinua Cole and Nathan Chambers.

The next ten minutes saw both sides have chances without affecting the score line, then in the 89th minute Robin Deen forced home his second of the evening to make for a rather nervous 2 added minutes. Farnborough 3-2 Lewes.

However, Boro’ rode out the remaining tome and the result was 3-2.

FULL TIME: Farnborough 3-2 Lewes

A very good first half and a resolute second period saw the home side through and in truth the scoreline didn’t do justice to the degree of dominance. Against stronger opposition they could have been left with egg on their faces as they took their foot off the pedal a bit in the second half.

The next round opponents are Three Bridges has yet to be arranged.

Match Report by Tony Duff.

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