Boro’ beaten in last few minutes.
Despite spending most of the game defending Boro’ came close to bringing the 5th placed Angels back down to earth only to suffer defeat with just three minutes of the ninety remaining.
In all honesty, had Boro’ managed to hold on to their slender one goal lead gained courtesy of a George Hallahan blockbuster from 35 yards in the 77th minute, the visitors might well have argued that it was a smash and grab job.
The visitors playing against the wind in the first half dominated for much of the forty-five minutes and Boro’ were restricted to the occasional counter attack.
That the interval was reached with the scoreline unaltered was down to some resolute defending from Boro’ and in particular, a number of good saves and interventions by keeper Melvin Minter.
The Angels created a number of chances but when Minter wasn’t frustrating them they were guilty of a number of missed opportunities from good positions.
Nathan Elder headed over from a left wing cross and Tom Parkinson saw his effort from a corner suffer a similar fate.
Boro’ made a number of decent approaches but apart from a snap shot from Hallahan, Angels keeper, Anthony Di Bernardo, had little to trouble him.
Too often Boro’ relied upon the long ball and failing to take account of the very strong wind meant the ball often ran too far and out of play, or was easily fielded by Di Barnardo.
HALF TIME: Farnborough 0-0 Tonbridge Angels
A half dominated by the visitors and despite battling well it was difficult to see where Boro’ were going to find a goal against a well organised defence.
The wind played a large part in the proceedings and frustrated both sides.
Farnborough Captain, CJ Fearn in action
The second period began at 4:01pm with Boro’ having replaced Perry Ryan with Usman Adeniji.
With the visitors now needing to avoid over hitting the ball they made progress by keeping the ball on the deck and their passing in the main was accurate.
Minter continued to be the busier of the two keepers for the first 15 minutes of the half and did well to claim a high, hanging ball in his 6 yard box.
Boro’ gradually gained a little confidence and Bogdan Vastsuk made a couple of useful runs on goal the first being blocked.
He will be disappointed with the second attempt as having got himself in a good position running into the box from the left, he took a rather heavy touch which allowed Di Barnardo to beat him to the ball.
Laurence Ball managed to head out of the ground from a corner at the other end.
Angels first change saw Riviere make way for Allen on 74 minutes.
Minter having made another good block the ball was cleared and worked down the left before being pulled back outside the corner of the area where George Hallahan hit an absolute screamer on the diagonal from all of thirty yards which was in the back of the net before Di Barnardo could blink on 77 minutes. Farnborough 1-0 Tonbridge Angels.
Almost immediately Angels made their second substitution with Webster making way for Whitnell on 78 minutes.
Boro’s goal galvanised Tonbridge into renewed efforts and they equalised barely three minutes after falling behind.
Substitute, Luke Allen poked the ball home from a messy scrum inside the 6 yard box on 80 minutes. Farnborough 1-1 Tonbridge Angels.
With both sides striving for a second goal, Boro’ made a further change which saw Kevin Krans replace the goal scorer, George Hallahan on 85 minutes.
With three minutes left, the visitors scored what proved to be the winner. Again, rather a scrappy affair prodded home by Tom Parkinson from a few feet and through a crowd of players on 87 minutes. Farnborough 1-2 Tonbridge Angels.
There was still time for Minter to make another good save, this time turning an effort from Luke Allen round for a corner.
Boro’ kept battling, but got no more reward than a free kick in added time which came to nothing.
FULL TIME: Farnborough 1-2 Tonbridge Angels
A disappointing result for Boro’ who battled well against a clearly superior side.
No-one could fault their effort with players clearly doing their best and Melvin Minter was rightly selected as Boro’ Man of the Match.
Match Report by Tony Duff.
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