Boro’ still out of luck on the road.
This meeting between two sides who were relegated from the Conference South last season was originally scheduled for August, but postponed due to Boro’s enforced late start to this Ryman League campaign.
The Swans kicked off at 7:45pm looking to improve on a poor run of home results and Boro’ still seeking their first away league win for a year.
Boro’ without MacDonald (suspended) and Jamie White, welcomed back Tom Broadbent from illness and Tommy Wright, who has not featured since 14 December at Hendon.
Boro’ were quickly into their stride and an early move down the left saw Collins play Grant in and his cross was met by Tommy Wright only for his shot to be deflected for the first of several early corners.
CJ intercepted a Swans clearance and slipped the ball to Kamara who shot narrowly wide of the post.
Boro’ were playing with confidence and producing some neat one touch football.
The home side had their first serious attack after 10 minutes and a cross from the left was headed wide by centre forward Pat Cox.
However, just a few minutes later the Swans took the lead against the run of play on 14 minutes. A somewhat hopeful looking ball over the defence saw Cox allowed too much room and he headed past Bufton from 6 yards. Staines Town 1-0 Farnborough.
Boro’ heads didn’t drop and Oyenuga was causing problems with his quick runs down the right forced a couple of corners which were cleared.
Kamara’s shot from the edge of the area shaved the bar and when he met a cross from Oyenuga, his headed effort was grabbed by Turner just under his crossbar.
Boro’ were still keeping the pressure on, but were not clinical enough when chances were made.
There had been one or two niggling fouls and a good deal of grappling and shirt pulling from the Swans, but it was 40 minutes in before Referee Taylor finally reached for his book and showed a Yellow card to Tommy Brewer for a foul in midfield. He further pushed his luck by continuing to bend the Ref’s ear.
With half time approaching Boro’ fell further behind when they conceded a rather soft goal. Having given away a free kick about 30 yards out the ball was somehow allowed to get through a bunch of players until it reached Cox who was able to tap in from a couple of yards on 42 minutes. Staines Town 2-0 Farnborough.
The remaining time plus two minutes unannounced added time passed without much positive action from either side.
HALF TIME: Staines Town 2-0 Farnborough
The first half is best summarised by saying Boro’ played some neat football and had several good chances without managing to get on the scoresheet.
Swans, who showed a willingness for some fairly physical encounters had two chances and converted both.
The second half began at 9:48pm and the home side started the better and early on Aaron Bufton was injured going down to save at the feet of Boakye. Fortunately, since we don’t have another keeper on the bench, he recovered after treatment and was able to continue.
The game was fairly even at this stage with neither side making any real progress which favoured the Swans who of course remained two goals ahead.
Play was in danger of deteriorating with some ill tempered clashes threatening to spoil things as a spectacle. One such melee resulted in a booking for Kamara who lost his cool.
In fairness he had endured a good deal of provocation mainly from Wanadio and abetted at times by Brewer, while the goal scorer, Cox had been voluble all evening.
Oyenuga was next to be booked for his reaction to a tackle.
Both sides made changes just after the 60 minute mark when Kamara was replaced (for his own good) by Hussein Mohammed and for Swans, Vancooten was introduced in place of Shomotun.
Broadbent headed out for a corner to relieve pressure from the home side and Kinsella headed over from the resultant kick.
Wanadio, who continued to put himself about, was booked after 70 minutes.
Vastsuk who was injured in a crunching tussle for a 50/50 ball near the touchline, was replaced by Jack Barton after 72 minutes.
Following the award of a free kick to Swans in midfield, Tommy Wright tapped the ball no more than a yard away and was booked presumably for ‘kicking’ it away. Technically a correct decision, but rather harsh as his body language did nothing to suggest it was a deliberate attempt to delay matters.
Swans second change saw Abdulla replaced by Hutchinson on 77 minutes and Boro’ made their final change when Wright made way for Dean-Joseph Whittingham after 80 minutes.
Swans now appeared content to preserve their lead and made their final change when Kalu came on for Wanadio after 85 minutes.
Boro’ now looking for a consolation won a free kick on the right and Jenkinson’s kick was headed out to Collins who shot over.
Swans had the last word in added time when Boakye went close.
FULL TIME: Staines Town 2-0 Farnborough
Boro’s search for an away win continues as although they competed well for most of the game they made vital errors to concede two goals and were not able to capitalise on chances created at the other end.
Next up for Boro’ is another away game at Kingstonian on Saturday 2nd January.
Happy New Year.
Match Report by Tony Duff.
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