Boro’ rue missed chances.
Losing skipper CJ Fearn to injury in the warm up was a blow for the home side as it meant further adjustments to a side which already included half a dozen players making their home debut.
Perry Ryan replaced CJ and Andrew Jenkinson took over the skippers armband.
Despite everything, Boro’ started well enough and forced a number of corners in the opening 10 minutes.
Josh Smith in the Merstham goal was busy and was forced in to conceding several of the corners to avoid his side falling behind.
One Freddie Grant effort from outside the box brought a decent save from the keeper and the resultant corner saw the ball ricochet around the six yard area before finally being cleared.
A good effort from George Jeacock was tipped over by Smith and Perry Ryan headed narrowly over from the corner.
Merstham made a change after 15 minutes replacing Reece Hall with Arron Hopkinson.
The half continued with Boro’ enjoying the lion’s share of possession and restricting the visitors to the odd break which led to only two decent chances in the 45 minutes.
Brown was put clear by Abnett but a poor first contact saw him shoot wide, then with only a couple of minutes to go, Abnett made room for a shot, himself, but hit it well wide.
Wright put in a good cross which saw Jeacock stretching to reach it and his contact being minimal the ball went wide of the target.
Boro’ had two further good chances, Smith saved well from Gallagher at the expense of another corner, then, following a good cross from Jeacock the keeper saved well from Tommy Wright.
Gallagher goes close for the hosts, Farnborough
HALF TIME: Farnborough 0-0 Merstham
Boro’ dominated for most of the 45 minutes and had a number of good chances.
They played some decent football, but as often happens when your lucky star isn’t shining, Josh Smith in the Merstham goal was on top of his game and made a string of fine saves.
The second half began at 4:05pm with Boro’ straight on to the attack again.
Arguably their best chance of the game so far came after a few minutes when Krans did well to twist through on the left and his clever chip over Smith, was deflected off Abnett and on to the top of the bar and out for a corner.
Ten minutes in and Merstham took the lead. New centre back, Jack Smith, brought down Fabio Saraiva on the edge of the area and the Merstham Skipper dusted himself down and placed his kick over the wall and in to the far corner giving Minter no chance on 55 minutes. Farnborough 0-1 Merstham.
Saraiva opens the scoring from a set-piece
Boro’ kept trying and Pearce was the next player to see his effort deflected for a corner.
Merstham brought on Phil Page for Willcock on 65 minutes.
Krans shot wide from the edge of the box, Ryan found the side netting from a cross by Oyenuga and Jeacock battled on despite close attention from Nehemie but finally lost his balance as he was pushed and pulled.
The visitors final change came in the 77th minute when Charlie Penny replaced Ellis Brown.
Following another effort from Jeacock going wide, the visitors mounted a counter attack which ended with the recently introduced Penny neatly slotting home to double his sides lead on 79 minutes. Farnborough 0-2 Merstham.
Smith made another save from Tommy Wright, then Boro’ made a double change. Perry Ryan was replaced with Usman Adeniji and Jack Barton came on for Josh Gallagher on 82 minutes.
Both sides struck the post, Jeacock with a thunderbolt from all of 20 yards and Saraiva from close in at the other end.
With not long to go, Penny headed an effort wide before Saraiva completing the scoring shortly afterwards side footing home on 88 minutes. Farnborough 0-3 Merstham.
Boro’ continued to push forward throughout the added time and a cross from John Oyenuga was headed out for a corner.
FULL TIME: Farnborough 0-3 Merstham
Boro’ dominated for best part of an hour but a combination of some good goalkeeping and less than precise finishing meant they had nothing to show for their efforts.
The visitors however, with far fewer chances, set a good example of how to win games by taking chances when they come around.
Boro’ played some good football, but need a proven striker (or two) if they are to have any chance of turning their season round.
Recent recruits have shown they can play, but have had no time to gel as a team, but oh for a Vastsuk, Dale
Match Report by Tony Duff.
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