Brave Boro’ shock promotion-chasing Dulwich Hamlet

Spencer Day’s side ended a run of six consecutive defeats with an impressive point away to a now third placed Dulwich Hamlet.

Former England ‘C’ striker, Matthew Barnes-Homer signed in-time following his release from neighbours Aldershot Town in the week and was handed his debut at Champion Hill.

Farnborough got the first half underway and Barnes-Homer and Jeacock combined to win an early free-kick.

The resulting Farnborough free-kick was floated to the back post where Pearce headed the ball back across goal to Vastsuk who netted his ninth goal of the Season from close range. Dulwich Hamlet 0-1 Farnborough.


Reading loanee, Bogdan Vastsuk taps home his ninth goal of the Season

Dulwich Hamlet looked for a response, and almost got it when Moss nipped in behind Pearce and drove a low shot past Minter but against the post before Smith cleared.

From the resulting clearance, Farnborough looked to counter attack through Jeacock who drove through the middle of the pitch but was deliberately tripped for a free-kick by Dulwich Hamlet Captain, Waldren who was booked.

Dulwich Hamlet gave away possession in the Farnborough half and the Yellows attacked with Vastsuk and Grant linking up well but the latter was off-balance as he advanced into the box and fired a shot comfortably wide.

Out of nothing, the hosts drew level. From a ball forwards, mis-communication on the edge of the Boro’ box between Smith and Minter saw the Farnborough keepers clearance ricochet into the back of Clunis, who picked up the loose ball and finished into an empty net. Dulwich Hamlet 1-1 Farnborough.

Farnborough didn’t let their heads up as they attempted to re-gain the lead with Wilson comfortably holding Gallagher strike from the edge of the box.

Carew tried his luck from distance with an ambitious strike which flew comfortably wide of Minter’s right-hand post.

When Oyenuga was dis-possessed upfield, Clunis raced into the Farnborough box but was denied by Minter at the near post.

Hibbert’s ball forward was headed into the path of Moss who hurried hit shot which flew harmlessly over the bar.

At the other end, Barnes-Homer’s cross from the right was headed back across goal by Pearce but unlike Farnborough’s opening goal, the ball fell to a Dulwich Hamlet defender who cleared.

The hosts turned the game around on the stroke of half time as McDonald recieved the ball from the right and crossed for Carew who arrived just inside the Farnborough box and planted a header past Minter. Dulwich Hamlet 2-1 Farnborough.

HALF TIME: Dulwich Hamlet 2-1 Farnborough

Grant was dispossessed by Hibbert who drives forwards and picked out Carew on the edge of the box; McDonald took over with a first-time shot which Fearn deflected wide for a corner.

Pearce set Jeacock free on the right and the Oxford United winger layed the ball off to the over-lapping Oyenuga whose cross was just too high for the unmarked Barnes-Homer in the centre.

Jeacock went on a great bursting run past a number of Dulwich Hamlet midfielders before finding Barnes-Homer whose cross was crucially cleared by Nelson.

From a Farnborough corner, Wilson stood firm at his near post with a fantastic save to deny Jenkinson from a header.

Inside the Farnborough half, Waldren was given too much time and space and his venomous strike from distance rattled the top of Minter’s crossbar and out for a goal kick.

Farnborough had a free-kick on the right which was floated deep into the Dulwich Hamlet box where Pearce powered a header past Wilson for a deserved equaliser. Dulwich Hamlet 2-2 Farnborough.


Farnborough players celebrate a deserved equaliser

But Boro’ didn’t stop there. A lovely flowing move ended with Vastsuk latching onto Barnes-Homer’s clever flick on but Wilson was alert and smothered his effort on the edge of his box.

Good pressure resulting in a sloppy clearance from Wilson fell to Jenkinson who found Vastsuk but Nelson got his team-mate out of jail with a good tackle on the edge of the box.

There was no rest for Farnborough’s young full-backs with Dulwich Hamlet introducing pacey wingers Rhys Murrell-Williamson and Damian Scannell to the field.

Farnborough substitute, Hallahan picked up the ball from distance from a poor Dulwich Hamlet clearance and his low strike was fumbled by Wilson for a corner.

The resulting corner was into the path of Smith but the Farnborough centre-back slider his shot and Wilson claimed.

When Farnborough gave away possession inside their own half, Carew picked up the loose ball on the edge of the area and looked to slot a Dulwich Hamlet forward through on goal but Grant held his man back and escaped with a booking.

Carew’s resulting free-kick on the edge of the box was held by Minter.

Dulwich Hamlet kept on searching for a winner and forced a succession of corners, one of which Minter was drawn into an outstanding fingertip save from a powerful low header and the Farnborough defence cleared.

The hosts had one final chance to win it, as substitute Murrell-Williamson raced down the right wing, cut inside and his shot was palmed away by Minter and Pearce was alert to clear the danger from the onrushing Moss, as Farnborough held on for a hard-earned away point.

FULL TIME: Dulwich Hamlet 2-2 Farnborough

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