Welch wonder saves keep Boro’ at bay in Home opener

Spencer Day’s Farnborough lost their opening Home game of the new Evo-Stik League South Premier Season to fellow promoted side, Royston Town.

The first chance of the game came for the visitors when Asafu-Adjaye played a ball behind Fearn into the right-wing area where Powell picked out Scott Bridges in the box and the Royston Town Captain put a first-time strike over the bar.

At the other end, Ciardini had a left-footed shot deflected behind for a corner. The Farnborough man took the resulting set-piece but Huggins got underneath the ball from the cross, heading over the bar after losing his marker in Stuart Bridges.

After Emmerson quickly took a free-kick from inside his own half, Ciardini’s perfectly-weighted pass was collected by Oyenuga on the right who found Coles in the box. The Farnborough striker tried to go around Chappell and Braithwaite and his low cross-shot fizzed across Joe Welch’s goalmouth with no one there to meet it.

A quarter of an hour into the game, Huggins was booked for a foul on Powell inside the Farnborough half after the Royston Town number 10 took a heavy touch which resulted in a strong tackle.

Chappell’s resulting free-kick from the left was mis-kicked by Regis on the edge of his box and Braithwaite recycled the ball to Powell who chipped the ball to Stuart Bridges who flicked the ball over Bunyan where James Potton needed no second invitation, volleying the ball past Stone. Farnborough 0-1 Royston Town.

After Coles did well to retain possession from a Stone goal-kick, Stuart Bridges’ air-kick allowed Bunyan to try his luck from distance but he dragged a left-foot shot wide.

Farnborough did have the ball in the net before the break with Coles beating Welch from inside the box but not before the offside flag had gone up as Chappell intelligently held the line.

HALF TIME: Farnborough 0-1 Royston Town

A much improved Second Half performance saw Farnborough have a lot of possession but Boro’ were limited to few chances against a strong Royston Town side that were hard to break down.

When Ciardini robbed Asafu-Adjaye of possession inside the Royston Town half, he put a superb ball into the box for Coles but Welch denied the Farnborough striker from point-blank range when he looked odds on to score.

Frendo worked a left-footed shot from outside the box while holding off Saville which was comfortable for Stone to take.

The hosts could sense a goal coming and couldn’t believe their luck when Saville met Coles’ free-kick from the left but Welch made another magnificent save coming across to his far post to deny Farnborough an equaliser.

With the Full Time approaching, Farnborough were persistant and tried hard to get a goal. Emmerson’s deep cross from the left was headed down by Ciardini to Cureton who lost his marker and controlled the ball before his dipping volley landed the on the other side of the crossbar.

From a Welch goal-kick, Ingrey headed the ball on to fellow substitute Nolan who lifted a volley wide of Stone’s goal.

Into four minutes of additional time, Huggins had two opportunities from Ciardini corners from the right. First, he got ahead of Braithwaite but his header flew off-target while also off-balance.

Then – with goalkeeper Liam Stone sent up for Ciardini’s corner – the last chance of the game fell to the Farnborough Captain who put his header wide after getting away from the same marker again.

FULL TIME: Farnborough 0-1 Royston Town

An harsh defeat to take but Farnborough go again on Saturday afternoon against a Redditch United side who also lost 0-1 in midweek.

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