Boro’ share points for second time in a week.
With the return of Aaron Bufton, a place in the starting eleven for new signing Perry Coles and a fit again John Oyenuga, Boro’ made a number of changes to the side which started against Uxbridge on Tuesday.
Following a presentation to Spencer Day of the Team of the Month award for August, Boro’ got the game under way at 3:02 pm and were quickly on the attack.
Southern League President, Keith Allen presents August’s Team of the Month award
Nic Ciardini played Perry Coles in but his cross/shot dropped just over the bar.
Dennis Oli made space for a shot which went straight to the keeper, then a second attempt was deflected into the path of Coles but Pedrycz blocked his shot.
In between Bufton made a good block from Jack Vasey.
Pedrycz flung himself at a cross from Ciardini and in the process he collided with Dennis Oli and both players required treatment before continuing.
Following a trip on Oyenuga, Ciardini’s free kick found its way through to the keeper.
Then against the general run of play the visitors took the lead.
A quickly taken free kick was hit high and long in the direction of Jack Vasey who looked to be a good five yards offside but the Lino kept his flag down and the centre-forward was allowed to proceed and tuck the ball into the net after 22 minutes. Farnborough 0-1 Arlesey Town.
Boro’s protests fell on deaf ears.
Boro’ were quickly back on the attack and within a minute Coles crashed a shot against the bar.
Nic Ciardini was challenged as he ran into the box, picked himself up and almost at once watched as his cross from the right dropped over the bar.
Perdrycz managed to fall on the ball following a Boro’ free kick and when play switched to the other end Bufton made a good diving save from Williams at the expense of a corner, then came and punched strongly from the corner, but was injured in doing so and required attention.
Dennis Oli, who had been injured earlier, was replaced by Eddie Smith on 35 minutes.
Arlesey Town, who were playing far better than their League position suggested, went two up when Jack Vasey ran into the area on the left flank and shot across Bufton and into the far bottom corner on 39 minutes. Farnborough 0-2 Arlesey Town.
Bufton saved another effort from Vasey to prevent a third for the visitors.
Boro’ were clearly stunned at going two behind and pushed forward in numbers. Ciardini’s shot cannoned off the post with Pedrycz beaten and was cleared, then the keeper smothered a cross to relieve the pressure.
Just before the break Boro’s persistence finally paid off when Perry Coles got his first goal for the Club when side footing home a cross from the right after 43 minutes. Farnborough 1-2 Arlesey Town.
Huggins came close with a header from John Oyenuga’s cross in added time.
HALF TIME: Farnborough 1-2 Arlesey Town
It’s fair to say that while Boro’ had no luck with the poor decision on the first goal and hit the woodwork twice, they were nonetheless taken by surprise with some of the Football played by the visitors and would have been pleased to halve the arrears before the break.
The Second Half began at 4:07pm with Boro’ straight back onto the attack and when Nic Ciardini worked his way down the left and into the box where he was brought down, the Referee, Matthew Russell pointed to the spot.
Eddie Smith stepped up and gave Pedrycz no chance from 12 yards on 48 minutes. Farnborough 2-2 Arlesey Town.
Almost immediately, Smith was booked for a sliding tackle on Sam Willet.
Pedrycz smothered a cross from Ciardini and Josh Huggins looped a header over from a free kick.
Arlesey Town regained the lead after 59 minutes when Dom Morgillo was given far too much time and space in the box and took his chance from about 8 yards. Farnborough 2-3 Arlesey Town.
When Boro’ renewed their attack, Pedrycz again saved his side by tipping over from Eddie Smith.
The visitors were not done yet and Boro’ endured some frantic moments which saw Bufton sliding about in his efforts to block or clear danger and when the ball came to Vasey on the edge of the box Boro’ fans feared the worst, but on this occasion the two goal centre-forward missed the target.
Back on the offensive Boro’ came close when Pedrycz claimed the ball at his second attempt in the 6 yard box.
Arlesey Town replaced Morgillo with Rhiney on 66 minutes and the sub was soon in action but skied a shot over from 20 yards.
Willet was booked for a foul on John Oyenuga.
Boro’ replaced Jack Barton with Sam Shaban on 74 minutes.
Pushing hard for an equaliser and Josh Huggins headed over from Ciardini’s corner on the right.
When Boro’ forced another corner, this time on the left, Coles called for it to be played short before advancing into the box and shooting past Pedrycz for his second of the afternoon on 79 minutes. Farnborough 3-3 Arlesey Town.
The visitors seemed fairly content to see time out and replaced Vasey with Vaughan on 85 minutes.
Eddie Smith made a good run into the right side of the box and his shot was inches wide of the far post and Keith Emmerson made a good run from the left before his shot just cleared the bar.
Arlesey Town were wasting time at every opportunity and made a final change when Max Risby replaced Rafe Goodman on 89 minutes.
Four added minutes were notified by the Referee and both sides had a chance to claim a winner.
Vaughan broke through for Arlesey Town and Bufton conceded a corner in preventing a possible winning goal.
For Boro’, Nic Ciardini weaved his way into the area and Pedrycz was again the saviour of his side when he palmed the shot over for a corner.
The last meaningful event was the booking of Spence for what looked to be dissent.
FULL TIME: Farnborough 3-3 Arlesey Town
Despite their not inconsiderable efforts Boro’ will no doubt be disappointed at sharing the points for a second time in a few days.
However, with nearest rivals Kempston Rovers also drawing, Boro’ remain on top by goal difference, but Chalfont St. Peter, Royston Town and Barton Rovers all won and closed the gap on the top two.
Next up the short trip to Fleet in the League Cup on Tuesday.
Come on you Yelloowsaa!!
Match Report by Tony Duff.
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