Farnborough recover from early blip to seal an excellent away win
Spencer Day’s side notched their first Away win in the League, at the very complimentary Creasey Park Stadium, since a 2-0 victory at Chalfont St Peter back in September.
The game kicked off at the later time of 8:15pm due to road closures and traffic blockages in the local area and Farnborough had the better of the opening exchanges of the game but couldn’t make their possession count.
Boro’s recent Away day blues got the better of them early on as AFC Dunstable opened the scoring from the first corner of the game.
Newman Carney’s delivery from the right was headed back across goal into the path of Bill Morgan who made no mistake from close range after 7 minutes. AFC Dunstable 1-0 Farnborough.
Five minutes later, Farnborough responded with a crucial equaliser.
AFC Dunstable keeper, Richard Perks came out of his box to make what should have been a routine clearance on his part after long ball forwards but while being pressured by the onrushing Dennis Oli, he sliced his clearance into the path of the Farnborough striker whose volley trickled into the net despite the efforts of Bill Morgan.
Farnborough played a short corner which was forced back to Oyenuga whose cross to the edge of the box was met but Huggins but his header was comfortable for Perks.
AFC Dunstable full-back, Danny Murphy recieved the games first caution after arriving late on Oyenuga. This was the second foul on Oyenuga in a number of minutes.
A Ciardini inswinging corner from the right was headed up into the air by Pearce and Allen’s left-footed volley looped into the arms of Perks.
Brandon Carney escaped punishment after bringing down Oyenuga down the right for a free-kick after the Farnborough wide-man got the better of the AFC Dunstable player.
Ciardini’s resulting free-kick was parried by Perks and Griffiths was positioned well to clear the loose ball.
A draw was a fair scoreline at the break with the Referee bringing a close to the First Half proceedings.
HALF TIME: AFC Dunstable 1-1 Farnborough
After having a few spells camped inside their own half, Farnborough’s first chance of the Second Half saw Oli run on to a lofted Ciardini through ball but Morgan tracked back well to put the ball behind for a corner.
Christie was presented with a glorious opportunity to give his side the lead when he got away from Fearn and ran on to a quick through ball but skied his effort high over the bar from the edge of Bufton’s box.
Oyenuga nicked the ball off Humbert after a heavy touch just outside the AFC Dunstable box – before being caught late once again – and played the ball out to Coles on the right who set Ciardini whose fierce low driven shot was pushed past the post by the diving Perks.
Farnborough were certainly pilling the pressure and came close to taking the lead from the resulting corner.
Ciardini’s delivery was punched away by Perks and Allen put the ball back in where first Coles had a shot blocked, and from Pearce’s looping header, Oli was denied at the back post by Perks.
At the other end, Boro’ were almost made to pay as Brandon Carney missed a golden opportunity at the near post after a ball in from the left with Fearn making a good block and Emmerson got in a vital touch at the back post to take the ball away from Humbert.
Just two minutes later, AFC Dunstable were made to pay for missed chances as Farnborough took the lead for the first time in the game on 68 minutes.
Huggins lofted a clever through ball for Emmerson who made a great run from midfield, held off two challenges and cooly finished past Perks from inside the box with his right foot. AFC Dunstable 1-2 Farnborough.
Manager, Spencer Day immediately brought fresh legs with Jack Barton replacing Charlie Allen in midfield.
AFC Dunstable looked for a quick response but Treacher was alert to make clearance off the line after a teasing ball in from the left.
Farnborough put the game further out of reach for the hosts on 72 minutes as Perry Coles bagged his seventh competitive goal of the Season.
Ciardini had a left-footed shot just center of the edge of the AFC Dunstable box which was parried by Perks into the path of the lively Perry Coles who made no mistake from inside the six-yard box, banishing memories of his miss against Northwood last time out! AFC Dunstable 1-3 Farnborough.
Eight minutes later, Bufton was booked, allegedly for time-wasting.
Lewis Hayden replaced Dennis Oli on 82 minutes.
AFC Dunstable weren’t finished yet and another cross from the left fell goalbound and Pearce came to Farnborough’s rescue to head the ball off the line, after strong appeals to the Referee for a handball in the build up were waved away.
A deep Murphy free-kick from the left was cleared by Pearce and co as Farnborough looked to see the game out.
Farnborough Academy Captain, Ethan Allen came on for Ciardini on 88 minutes.
AFC Dunstable keeper, Perks came up for a free-kick from the right which was whipped into the Farnborough box but it came to nothing as Boro’ recorded their eight League win on the road this Season.
FULL TIME: AFC Dunstable 1-3 Farnborough
The Club would like to thank its fantastic, loyal supporters who braved the traffic conditions to come and support the Team on Tuesday night.
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