Maybe it wasn’t the high scoring rout many fans had wished for after losing by the odd goal in five at their place back in August on a very suspect pitch, but it was three points and a clean sheet.
On a bitterly cold night with a bone hard pitch which made control difficult for both sides and did not improve as time went on, the result was more important than the way in which it was achieved.
The start was preceded by a minutes silence as a mark of respect for those involved in the Air crash in Brazil.
The game began at a brisk pace with Boro’ forcing two quick corners in the opening few minutes. Perry Coles jinked his way past three defenders before shooting well over.
Soon after, the centre-forward almost put Onovwigun clear but Searle made a timely interception and averted the danger.
The visitors had their first attempt on ten minutes, but Whittingham’s shot from 20 yards flew harmlessly over.
John Oyenuga made space on the right and Michael Onovwigun was close to a headed contact in front of goal.
Boro’ took the lead after 18 minutes when, following more pressure, Nic Ciardini’s cross from the left was neatly converted by Perry Coles. Farnborough 1-0 Petersfield Town.
Keith Emmerson put Coles clear on the right and he made good progress before shooting high and wide of the target. A ball inside to Dennis Oli had looked a better choice.
A good three man move involving Ciardini, Coles and Emmerson was looking good until keeper Jamie Bray swooped to collect the ball and clear.
Around the half hour mark Whittingham got away a shot on goal which drew a good diving save from Aaron Bufton at the foot of his left hand post.
Another Petersfield Town attack saw Green foul Bufton as he attempted to gather the ball.
When play moved to the other end Nic Ciardini was looking dangerous when fouled by Benjamin who received a yellow card for his action.
The final five minutes and one minute of added time saw a flurry of action.
The visitors got the ball into the net from an untidy ruck a few yards out, but the flag was up for off-side.
Josh Huggins headed narrowly over from a Ciardini free kick and when play switched again, CJ made a good interception at the expense of a corner.
HALF TIME: Farnborough 1-0 Petersfield Town
A rather scrappy 45 minutes with few clear chances which Boro’ dominated for the most part and which saw the visitors restricted to attempts from distance.
Boro’s first substitution of the game saw Michael Onovwigun replaced by Jack Barton at Half Time.
The visitors began the second half in lively fashion and Whittingham, their best forward, was denied by the post from 20 yards.
Petersfield Town skipper, Olly Searle was booked for a foul near the left corner and they then replaced Geddes with Matthew Graham on 50 minutes.
Josh Huggins had a header tipped over by Jamie Bray, but Boro’ were not denied for long and Keith Emmerson hammered home their second from the corner on 57 minutes. Farnborough 2-0 Petersfield Town.
Boro’ replaced Josh Huggins with Femi Orenuga on 65 minutes.
John Oyenuga looked to have been clearly fouled as Boro’ attacked again, but Referee, James Simpson, strangely gave a free kick to Petersfield Town.
The Boro’ number two had, as usual, come in for a fair amount of rough treatment and this clash saw him lose a tooth which led to him coming off about ten minutes later and replaced by Lewis Hayden on 84 minutes.
Boro’ played out the remaining time in sensible fashion and the only Petersfield Town action of note was when they replaced Whittingham with Awford on 90 minutes.
Approximately two minutes were added though no announcement was made.
FULL TIME: Farnborough 2-0 Petersfield Town
Attendance: 167 (Pretty good for a freezing Tuesday night in November).
A decent team performance in unpleasant conditions with the visitors rarely posing a serious threat. Another good result on Saturday will ensure we keep the pressure on Royston Town and others near the top.
Great to see blue numbers on the yellow shirts…….. I can actually see them and have cancelled my appointment with Specsavers!!
Come on you Yellooowsaa!!
Match Report by Tony Duff.
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