Boro’ tough it out for another three points.
Boro’s options were further limited by the departure of Jack Battie, the unavailability of Curtis Osano and the absence of skipper, CJ Fearn who has succumbed to a virus.
It was therefore good to see Keith Emmerson and Ollie Treacher back in the line-up.
Despite it being November 5th neither side produced much in the way of Fireworks.
Joakim Ehui had the first chance for Northwood from a counter to Boro’s opening pressure, but shot wide of the target.
Josh Huggins had a shot deflected for a corner and was then involved with Nic Ciardini and Perry Coles in a good three man move which worked the ball into the area and across the six yard box without anyone being able to apply the finishing touch.
Boro’ took the lead when Ciardini’s cross from the left saw Charlie Allen neatly chest the ball into the path of Perry Coles who duly obliged with the finishing touch after 22 minutes. Farnborough 1-0 Northwood.
Coles almost became the provider minutes later when he teed up Nic Ciardini, but his attempt shaved the bar on the wrong side.
When the Northwood keeper, Thomas Spencer, spilled the ball in the six yard box, Perry Coles looked odds on to double his tally, but watched with dismay as the ball cannoned off the bar and was cleared.
Ollie Treacher’s quick throw towards Dennis Oli looked to have put the big man away until the close attention of Felipe Anjos wrestled him to the ground. Referee, Alex Blake was not interested.
Boro’ had a decent spell of pressure leading up to the break but were unable to capitalise on their possession.
Two minutes added time.
HALF TIME: Farnborough 1-0 Northwood
A half of few chances with Boro’ just deserving of their slim lead while restricting Northwood to the occasional attempt from distance.
Boro’ began the second period positively and a few minutes in Dennis Oli was bearing down on goal and looked to be about to pull the trigger when Anjos, not for the first time, did enough to put him off balance. Oli was injured in the challenge and needed attention.
James Budden was booked for a foul on John Oyenuga and Nic Ciardini’s free kick was saved by Thomas Spencer diving low to his right.
Both sides made changes in the 62nd minute. Dennis Oli signalled that he was unable to continue and was replaced by Sam Shaban.
Northwood replaced Ismael Ehui with Ryan Debattista.
In a rare attack, Stephenson dragged a shot wide from 18 yards and Luke Heneghan was booked for dissent after being rightly penalised for a foul throw.
Sam Shaban just failed to get enough on his header from a cross by John Oyenuga.
Northwood replaced Joakim Ehui with Louis Bircham on 75 minutes.
Myles Stephenson equalised for the visitors on 76 minutes following an untidy ruck in the area and Sam Pearce went down injured in an attempt to challenge for the ball. Farnborough 1-1 Northwood.
Pearce continued and made a crucial clearance before receiving treatment and then gamely carried on though he was clearly limping for a while.
Lewis Hayden replaced Jack Barton on 82 minutes.
Sam Shaban put Boro’ ahead on 83 minutes after Thomas Spencer could only parry a shot from Perry Coles. Farnborough 2-1 Northwood.
With Boro’ pushing forward again the Northwood keeper came rushing from his area and appeared to handle the ball before clearing upfield but appeals were ignored by the Referee.
Boro’ made a final change with five minutes of normal time remaining when Charlie Allen made way for namesake Ethan Allen.
Boro’ played out the remaining time and the 6 added minutes in a sensible fashion to claim three more precious points.
FULL TIME: Farnborough 2-1 Northwood
Something of a scrappy game with few clear cut chances, but with circumstances making for a changed formation it was an important win.
Come on you Yellooowsaa!!!
Match Report by Tony Duff.
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