Boro’ progress with another 5 star win on the road.

The rain, which fell steadily for most of the game, may have cooled the players after recent high temperatures, but it did nothing to dampen Boro’s efforts or hinder their progress into the next round of The Emirates F.A. Cup.

Boro’ kicked off at 3:02pm on what looked like a decent well kept surface and were first to threaten when Dennis Oli tried his luck from distance but shot well over.

Nic Ciardini then progressed down the left and his cross was booted into touch by Bowen.

John Oyenuga who has come in for a good deal of stick from defenders due to his speed and trickery, was fouled after ten minutes by Inskip on the corner of the box, but Referee Reed, missed his chance to stamp his authority at an early stage

Nic Ciardini stepped up to open the scoring from the free kick. A defender got a touch but couldn’t prevent the ball from ending up in the Andover Town net after 12 minutes. Andover Town 0-1 Farnborough.

Oyenuga came close at the near post and Dennis Oli neatly nodded the ball down for Jamie Cureton who didn’t get the best of connections and Atkinson in the Andover Town goal had little trouble.

Inskip again fouled John Oyenuga and again, no card was produced. However, within five minutes the tricky winger was fouled again, this time by Zondi Chunga. Finally, Mr Reed reached for his pocket and produced a yellow card.

Boro’ were well on top and apart from a couple of goal kicks and the odd back pass Joel Driscoll had not been troubled.

CJ had a shot pushed out by Atkinson and Ciardini was close with the rebound.

It wasn’t long before John Oyenuga was causing more trouble for the home side and first he was blatantly pushed in the back by Bowen which earned the defender a booking, then Inskip fouled him for the third time and, at last, he was also shown a yellow.

Again it was Nic Ciardini who hit a sublime free kick around the wall and into the top corner to double his tally and Boro’s lead on 33 minutes. Andover Town 0-2 Farnborough.

Three minutes later yet another foul on Oyenuga resulted in the free kick beating the wall but on this occasion the keeper was able to collect and clear.

Dennis Oli put Jamie Cureton clear but his shot cannoned off the post.

With five minutes left Inskip tackled John Oyenuga and cleared the ball for a throw. Ironically, his first fair tackle on the Boro’ winger resulted in an injury which sadly saw him stretchered off to be replaced by JJ Tucker five minutes before Half Time.

In the remaining time and the five added minutes Boro’ had two further attempts which came close.

First Jamie Cureton, who was not having the best of luck, went close after a good knock down by Dennis Oli, then Josh Huggins was not far out following a good three man move.

HALF TIME: Andover Town 0-2 Farnborough

While the hosts tried to play football and occasionally made headway, they didn’t trouble Joel Driscoll and were fortunate not to have been punished more severely for the rash of fouls, mostly on John Oyenuga.

Boro’ were in control throughout and could well have had two or three more goals.

The second half finally commenced at 4:07pm with Andover Town having replaced
Chunga with Jamie Bray. With Inskip’s injury and this change the home side now had just Lee Bowen remaining on a yellow card.

Boro’ were straight onto the front foot again and after an isolated Andover Town attack saw Woodward head over from a free kick almost added to their lead when Oyenuga made a good run and cross which nobody could connect with.

Andover Town were forced into their final change when CJ and Craig Stanley went into a strong challenge on the far touchline which left them both needing treatment.

Happily, CJ recovered, but Stanley became the second Andover Town player to leave the field on a stretcher to be replaced by Appleby after 55 minutes.

Tucker was booked for a foul and it took the combined efforts of their keeper and two defenders to keep out the free kick before Nic Ciardini hit the post with a volley.

Boro’ got their third on 69 minutes when Josh Huggins headed home from Ciardini’s corner. Andover Town 0-3 Farnborough.

Jamie Cureton finally got the ball in the net only for the off-side flag to spoil the party, but Boro’ soon got a fourth when the hard working John Oyenuga slotted home on 73 minutes after a sustained attack. Andover Town 0-4 Farnborough.

Boro’ immediately went for a triple substitution on 74 minutes which saw Osano, Oli and Oyenuga replaced by Smith, Cissoko and Batchilly.

Boro’ with three sets of fresh legs were almost constantly on the attack and it came as no surprise when Habib Cissoko deservedly added a fifth goal following good work and a cross from Jamie Cureton on 80 minutes. Andover Town 0-5 Farnborough.

The only real surprise was that the score remained at 5 for the remaining minutes and time added on.

FULL TIME: Andover Town 0-5 Farnborough

No disrespect to the hosts, but Boro’ were rarely troubled and a score of seven or eight would not have flattered them. A professional showing, another clean sheet and on to the next round. Well done to all.

Apart from the injuries to the two Andover Town players (neither of which were due
to foul play) the only other blight on the afternoon occurred near the end when Josh Huggins was clearly distressed.

Word on the terraces at the end was of an allegation that he had been the subject of racial abuse. This would indeed explain his distress, and, if true, it’s deplorable and very sad.

Match Report by Tony Duff.

Come on you Yelloowsaaa!!

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