Cherrywood controversy on Bank Holiday Monday
Two sides that both are expected to be challenging in the top realms of the Southern Premier, went head to head at The Rushmoor Community Stadium as the first month of the new Season drew to a close.
Farnborough had just recovered from a long journey to Wales on Saturday. Meanwhile, Slough Town were able to ease down the motorway having beaten St Ives Town at Home just two days previous.
The Rebels dominated the First Half and the game was far more even after the interval, but ultimately it was the Match Officials who decided the result with two big decisions during in the Second Half.
Farnborough’s first chance of the game came when Coles flashed a left-footed shot wide after turning away from Fraser inside the Slough Town box after a low Ciardini cross from the left.
When Fraser recycled the ball from a Farnborough clearance from a Slough Town corner, Hollis got his head to the ball before goalkeeper Cairney but Emmerson was well positioned to header the ball away from inside the six yard box.
Slough Town opened the scoring on 11 minutes and it was a deserved lead following a flurry of corners in-front of the PRE Stand. The unmarked Hollis knocked a header towards the goal from a corner from the right and Matthew Lench poked the ball in from close range. Farnborough 0-1 Slough Town.
A Lench corner from the left was met by the head of Nisbet and Wadkins touched the ball onto the woodwork from close range and then Hutchings put the loose ball behind.
Wadkins and James linked up down the left with the latter getting a shot away inside the box which Huggins deflected behind for a corner.
Farnborough were certainly having a torrid time defending set pieces as another Lench corner from the left caused problems. Dunn got to the loose ball first before going down under a late challenge from Evans but surprisingly, the Referee decided not to award the visitors a Penalty.
Ciardini and Cureton combined in the Slough Town box following Hammond’s delivery from the right and the Farnborough number 11 drew a low diving save from Turner with a left-footed drive.
A great Dobson delivery from the left was met by the head of James inside the Farnborough box but Cairney made a superb diving save to scoop the ball off the line before Huggins cleared.
Fraser sprayed a ball from the right to the left of the Farnborough box where Wadkins controlled the ball on his chest before attempting to lob Cairney but Emmerson, once again, was on hand to head the ball away at the last second.
Huggins and James battled it out in a foot-race after a Slough Town clearance from a Farnborough attack and after handball appeals from both sides were turned down, the striker forced Cairney to save low with his feet from a wide angle.
Another Lench corner from the left was met by a Slough Town defender who directed his header wide with Hutchings doing enough to put James off at the post.
HALF TIME: Farnborough 0-1 Slough Town
The start to the Second Half saw less action at both ends, with both sets of players understandably starting to struggle in the heat.
Slough Town substitute, Harris had the ball in Cairney’s net but it was ruled out after a handball.
Coles’ then forced Turner to push away a high cross from the right after Walker did well from a Cairney kick up the pitch.
The game’s turning point game on the 75 minute mark when James robbed Huggins of possession and skipped away from Hutchings before being brought down by Hammond just outside the Farnborough box, with Emmerson covering. The Referee opted to brandish a red card to the Farnborough debutant, even though Emmerson was positioned goal-side of James, had Hammond not fouled him.
It was déjà vu for Farnborough, having had a player sent off for a similar incident in their last Home game. However, the red card was later overturned on Friday (1 September), following a successful appeal to the FA.
Dobson blasted the resulting free-kick into the Farnborough wall before Cairney stood up well to deny James with the rebound.
With ten minutes of the game remaining, the ten men of Farnborough were rewarded for their persistence with a deserved equaliser infront of the PRE Stand. Regis played the ball out to fellow substitute, Walker out wide left and the winger made a darting run from inside his own half to the byline where he stood the ball up for Perry Coles to head the ball past Turner. Farnborough 1-1 Slough Town.
Coles then hit a free-kick over the bar, before Huggins had to make a heroic goal-line clearance after a long ball forward from the Slough Town defence caught Cairney out.
A Dobson corner from the left wasn’t cleared properly and Harris volleyed the rebound at the Farnborough goal but a combination of Cairney and Huggins kept the ball out.
But for all their determination, Spencer Day’s men were given a kick in the teeth in the 92nd minute with an unfair decision from the Officials which ruined what had been an entertaining game from both sides.
Dobson’s resulting corner from the right was headed goalbound by Slough Town substitute, Chris Flood but Cureton hooked the ball off the line with his left-foot, so he thought. The Linesman, who was about 40 yards away with an obstructed view, decided that the whole of the ball had crossed the line so he flagged for a goal and the Referee duly blew for a goal. Farnborough 1-2 Slough Town.
FULL TIME: Farnborough 1-2 Slough Town
The Full Time whistle shortly blew to signify the cruelest of defeats for the ten men of Farnborough. The Match Officials didn’t leave the pitch without hearing the opinions of many of frustrated Farnborough players and the Manager.
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