Appiah Rocket sinks Boro’ at The Dripping Pan

If there was ever an occasion when the Latin phrase “carpe diem” applied to both teams, then surely this was it.

Rooks, rooted at the foot of the table and without a home win, Boro’ hovering just above them and still seeking a first away win.

The game started on time with the home side fielding new signing George Landais at centre forward, while the Boro’ starting eleven included Freddie Grant and somewhat unexpectedly, saw the return of Glen Southam for the injured Nicholas Brown and John Oyenuga on the bench with Barton, Zidyana and Mohammed.

Following an opening few minutes where neither side seemed able to retain the ball, Boro’ were first to offer any real threat.

Grant was fouled on the right and MacDonald put a good ball into the area but Winterton reacted and claimed the ball safely.

The Rooks made progress on the left through the pacey Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe and the youngster got his shot on target drawing a good save from Aaron Bufton.

A good crossfield ball from Tom Broadbent found Freddie Grant, who was given no time to settle before Ogedi-Uzokwe took the ball away from him.

The Rooks were now finding some rhythm and a spell of pressure saw them cause problems for the Boro’ defence.

Bufton made a good block before subsequent efforts were blocked and eventually the ball came to Freeman on the edge of the area and his hasty shot went way over.

Boro’ gained a little respite and were awarded a free kick just outside the area, but MacDonald’s kick flew harmlessly over the bar.

Rooks new signing, Landais, went down following a mid-field tackle. There was no question of any foul, but he was forced to end his debut after just 24 minutes and was eventually replaced by Trevor McCreadie.

Lewis Collins was booked on 27 minutes for a foul in the middle of the pitch.

Many matches turn on defining moments and just about on the half hour such a moment arrived. Bogdan Vastsuk ran into the box and before he could get his shot away, Brinkhurst got in a tackle and Vastsuk went down. There was contact and we’ve all seen penalties given in similar circumstances.

Not this time, Referee Butler blew immediately, but instead of a penalty he booked Vastsuk for diving. He is slightly built for his height and maybe goes down where a heavier built player might not, but decision was a bit harsh in my view.

Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe continued to cause problems and CJ did well to get a foot on one effort, before the youngster cleverly flicked the ball past Bufton and with the ball wide of the goal, CJ again was able to clear.

Vastsuk was progressing down the left with Brinkhurst doing his best to strip the shirt from his back before Freeman flattened him near the touch line. A certain lack of consistency from Mr Butler who again took no action.

Boro’ fans will remember Phillip Appiah from his time with us for his robust tackling and it was no real surprise when a challenge in midfield earned him a booking.

From the free kick Boro’ mounted an attack on the right, but Collins’ cross was beyond all his colleagues and ran out for a goal kick.

With half time looming, Phil Appiah once again took centre stage and finding himself with space about 30 yards from goal hit a real blockbuster which gave Bufton no chance and put the home side ahead on 44 minutes. Lewes 1-0 Farnborough.

HALF TIME: Lewes 1-0 Farnborough

An opening half which showed why both sides are at the bottom end of the table.

Neither side produced much in the way of clear chances with Bufton making a decent save early on and a couple of blocks, but can’t recall the Rooks keeper needing to make one direct save.

The sides separated by a single spectacular strike of the sort which can just as often fly out of the ground.

The second half started at 4:06pm with Boro’ having replaced Lewis Collins with Jack Barton.

Rooks best player, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, continued to present a danger for Boro’ and Grant was booked for a trip on the youngster just outside the area.

Neither side were producing much in the way of direct attempts on goal and all too often efforts were from long range and off target.

Bogdan Vastsuk, who remained Boro’s best chance of getting anything from the game, turned and shot from the edge of the box, but just too high.

For the Rooks, Muggeridge had a couple of chances, but one was way too high and the other wide of the target.

Jenkinson became the latest Boro’ player to get booked, but it was difficult to see what for.

Boro’ replaced MacDonald who had been warned by the Referee, with Hussein Mohammed on 69 minutes.

The Boro’ youngster, Mohammed, came as close as anyone in the second half with a decent shot from the 18 yard line which went narrowly wide.

Rooks made a further substitution on 79 minutes when Phillip Appiah came off to rapturous applause and was replaced by Curtis Gayler.

The remaining ten minutes and added time (unannounced), saw Rooks resort to a good deal of time wasting as they rather nervously contemplated a first home win of the season.

These blatant tactics caused a good deal of frustration and Jack Barton became the fifth Boro’ player to be booked.

FULL TIME: Lewes 1-0 Farnborough

A lacklustre performance from both sides which only served to underline the reasons behind their lowly places in the league table.

The home side at least had three points to celebrate whereas Boro’ must continue to search for their first away win.

Boro’ have another ‘hill’ to climb when Burgess Hill Town are the visitors to The Rushmoor Community Stadium on Boxing Day at 3:00pm.

Let’s get along and support the team who are doing their best in difficult times.

Happy Christmas.

Match Report by Tony Duff.

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