Boro’ prevail over close rivals.
Saturday’s game involving two of the top three Clubs always threatened to be a close run thing and so it proved to be.
Boro’ got the perfect start when Referee Zack Ellis rightly awarded them a free kick for a late tackle by Ieuan Riley on Curtis Osano. The official also also booked Riley.
The quickly taken free kick was threaded through to Perry Coles who made no mistake from about eight yards and Boro’ were a goal up with just two minutes on the clock. Farnborough 1-0 Kempston Rovers.
The second goal was not long in coming and following good work and a good cross from John Oyenuga, Dennis Oli whacked home. Farnborough 2-0 Kempston Rovers.
Boro’ continued to dominate play and came close to increasing their lead on a number of occasions.
Oli shot just wide after being put through by Charlie Allen and Sam Pearce headed narrowly wide from a Nic Ciardini free kick on the right.
The visitors made few chances in their rare attacks with the best falling to Riley who shot well wide.
Towards the end of the half Aaron Bufton got down well to a shot from Sam Johnson and Sam Pearce was on hand to complete the clearance.
HALF TIME: Farnborough 2-0 Kempston Rovers
Boro’ dominated the opening 45 minutes and the defence looked comfortable with Curtis Osano bossing the central area and missing nothing in the air.
The second period began at 4:05pm with Boro’ introducing Jack Barton in place of Dennis Oli who had apparently aggravated his rib injury from a couple of weeks ago.
Kempston Rovers were posing more of a threat and CJ cleared his lines twice in a minute to preserve Boro’s two goal lead.
Despite the visitors improving efforts, Boro’ increased their lead when Perry Coles, who had been causing Kempston Rovers’ defence a headache all afternoon, latched on to a loose ball and shot home with the help of a deflection on 52 minutes. Farnborough 3-0 Kempston Rovers.
A Charlie Allen shot was blocked out for a corner to prevent a fourth for Boro’.
Kempston Rovers replaced Macrae with Ivy on 56 minutes.
Perry Coles long ball found Nic Ciardini who cut inside and got away a shot on target which was blocked away.
Kempston Rovers pulled a goal back when a long punt came into the area from the right and a deflection took it beyond Aaron Bufton leaving Watson with an easy chance to reduce the arrears on 63 minutes. Farnborough 3-1 Kempston Rovers.
Dom Marsala replaced Ben Shephard for Kempston Rovers after 67 minutes.
A Nic Ciardini free kick was deflected out for a corner then, almost immediately he was booked though it wasn’t clear why.
Boro’ replaced Charlie Allen with Sam Shaban on 73 minutes.
Watson was booked for dissent and the Referee also had words with the Kempston Rovers bench.
Watson skied a shot well over from the edge of the area before a further sub for Kempston Rovers saw Harlem Sambu replace Ieuan Riley on 80 minutes.
Perry Coles receivfed the ball from a short corner, cut inside and got a good shot away which was well saved by Martin Conway in the Kempston Rovers goal.
The visitors put further pressure on the Boro’ defence and Aaron Bufton made a good double save, but his second effort ran to Sam Johnson who shot home from close in on 88 minutes. Farnborough 3-2 Kempston Rovers.
The remaining time and the added five minutes made for a tense finale, but Boro’ kept their cool to claim the three points.
FULL TIME: Farnborough 3-2 Kempston Rovers
Boro’ had looked comfortable for most of the match and could have added to their score.
The visitor’s late second goal with two minutes of normal time left made for an anxious finish, but Boro’s overall performance earned three valuable points.
Come on you Yelloowsaa!!
Match Report by Tony Duff.
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