Boro’ stick at it and go eight unbeaten
Second placed Farnborough maintained a thirteen point gap between third placed Barton Rovers, with a James Carman strike for Histon sandwiched between goals from Charlie Allen and Jamie Cureton.
Straight from Farnborough’s kick-off, Donnelly had a go from the centre spot with a trademark long shot which flew narrowly wide of Sam Roach’s goal.
Into the first minute, Carman played a ball in a pocket of space behind the Farnborough defence to Wright who cut inside from the left but his low strike was a routine save for Oualah.
A well-worked early Farnborough corner saw Donnelly play the ball to Ciardini on the edge of the box and his first-time strike was bravely headed over the bar by Unwin from just inside the six yard box.
A clearance from Roach fell to Pearce inside the Histon half and the Farnborough Captain played a great long ball into the box, over the head of York and into Cureton who controlled the ball before lashing a shot off-target with the outside of his right boot.
A long Histon throw-in from the right touchline into the Farnborough box was headed away by Pearce as far as Chambers-Shaw whose first-time volley was held by Oualah.
A spell of Farnborough possession inside the Histon half eventually saw Pearce switch play to Oyenuga on the right who skipped away from Sibanda and his low cross made its way to Cureton whose shot was blocked by Key and an off-balance Oyenuga sliced the rebound wide.
More good possession from Farnborough involving Pearce and Coles contributed to a move which saw Ciardini’s low cross from the left narrowly missed by Cureton from inside the Histon box.
Farnborough managed to break the deadlock on 40 minutes when Emmerson cut inside from the left and picked out Donnelly in a central position. Donnelly teed himself up from distance and his somewhat scuffed shot deflected off Smith and into the path of Charlie Allen who volleyed the ball home from inside the box. Farnborough 1-0 Histon.
Huggins took a throw-in on the right to Oyenuga who found Coles who picked out his fellow strike-partner Cureton who turned on the edge of the box and his strike was tipped onto the inside of the post by Roach before Gould cleared.
Minutes later, Ciardini dug out a cross from the left near to the corner flag, to the unmarked Coles inside the box who side-footed his volley over the bar.
HALF TIME: Farnborough 1-0 Histon
It was a slow start from Farnborough which cost them the equalising goal just three minutes into the Second Half.
Farnborough failed to clear the ball with a succession of headers being returned by Gould and the ball dropped to James Carman on the right-hand side in the box who hit a stunning volley into the net over the diving Oualah. Farnborough 1-1 Histon.
Straight from kick-off, Farnborough looked for a response. Emmerson turned away from Unwin down the left and played Ciardini who was allowed to drive forwards and his shot was heading into the bottom left corner before Roach tipped it past the post.
From Donnelly’s resulting corner, Farnborough re-took the lead on 51 minutes as Ciardini got ahead of Smith near the back post and headed the ball to Jamie Cureton who flicked his header past the diving Roach and Sibanda on the post from close range. Farnborough 2-1 Histon.
Ciardini and Emmerson looked to build an attack down the left and the latter drove away from three Histon players and managed to play Cureton inside the box who sharply turned away from Gleeson and had his cross-shot across at goal pushed away by Roach before Smith cleared.
A long Histon throw from the left was headed by Huggins into the path of Wright whose fierce volley was caught by Oualah.
A good move by Histon from the left saw Smith, Chambers-Shaw and Wright combine and the latters shot from inside the box flew into the side netting while he was being pressured by Oyenuga.
Farnborough made a double substitution on the hour mark with Dennis Oli and Jordan Graham entering the fray for Perry Coles and Charlie Allen.
Histon replaced goalscorer, James Carman with Joe Carden on 67 minutes.
Jack Barton took the place of Scott Donnelly in midfield for Farnborough on 72 minutes.
A Barton corner from the left was headed away by York to Emmerson from distance whose first-time effort bounced not far wide of Roach’s left-hand post.
On 80 minutes, Histon introduced Marcus Hall and Shawn Jenkins in place of Tommy Wright and Simon Unwin.
Jordan Graham was dismissed on 82 minutes for a poorly-timed tackle on Key infront of the Farnborough dugout.
The resulting free-kick was knocked on across the Farnborough box to Gould whose acrobatic bicycle-kick dropped just wide of Oualah’s left-hand post.
Barton passed to Pearce from distance and his cross, aimed at Cureton, was headed behind by Gleeson for a corner in a ‘safety-first’ manner. From Ciardini’s resulting inswinging corner, Roach pushed the ball behind while competing with Oli for what should have been another Farnborough corner, only for the Referee to bizarrely award a Histon goal-kick.
As the game got into the 90th minute, the Referee indicated that there would be five minutes of additional time.
With Histon ‘throwing the kitchen sink’ in search of a late equaliser, York’s cross from the right made its way to Chambers-Shaw on the left of the box whose volley was blocked by Huggins with the visitors appeals for a Penalty waved away by the Referee.
As the lively Sibanda retained possession for Histon, Gould took the ball off Smith inside the box and his shot was blocked by Oyenuga but Smith got to the rebound first and as he shot, Pearce followed through late and the Referee pointed to the Penalty spot in the 97th minute.
There was late drama as up stepped Chambers-Shaw who was to be denied as Oualah pulled out an outstanding save low to his left to keep the ball out of the net, before the Referee finally blew for Full Time.
FULL TIME: Farnborough 2-1 Histon
Zaki Oualah was the hero as ten men Farnborough held out for another three points and continue to build momentum in the build-up to 26 April.
Man of the Match, John Oyenuga (M) with Tony Knights (L) of Knights Training Academy
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