Emirates FA Cup exit marks five straight defeats for Boro’

Farnborough bowed out of this Seasons Emirates FA Cup at the first hurdle, being edged out 2-3 at Home to Steve Claridge’s Evo-Stik League South West side, Salisbury.

Both sides were plagued with unavailabilities and injuries ahead of the game and Boro’ drafted in 20-year-old centre-back Taofiq Olomowewe, who was handed his first start with The Yellows’ injury crisis not easing for the weekend.

It was a scrappy opening ten minutes of the game, Farnborough were penned inside their own half with a lot of the play dictated by Salisbury’s Lewis Benson.

On the ten minute mark, a misplaced pass by Whelan on the half-way line presented Farnborough with their first opportunity of the game. Saville picked out Cureton who dragged Baggeridge out of position before setting Ciardini who played to ball to Regis who embarked on a third man run but he chose the wrong option, screwing a shot wide from the edge of the box when Walker was free on the right.

A mere minute later, Brooks’ flick-on from Searle’s goal-kick was knocked on by Young who fed Lewis Benson inside the left channel box where he cut inside of Saville before curling the ball in off of Stone’s left-hand post. Farnborough 0-1 Salisbury.

Herbert played a ball out from the right wing to Whelan on the edge of the Farnborough box and his pass hit Evans and the Salisbury midfielder’s volley from the loose ball deflected wide.

Baggeridge’s header from the resulting corner taken from the right looped harmlessly high and wide of Stone’s goal.

Wannell’s searching ball forwards from just inside his own half was met by Brooks but his header lacked power and was comfortable for Stone.

Boro’ boss, Spencer Day was unhappy with his sides showing and ruthlessly hauled off midfield duo Evans and Regis for Calcutt and Barton just before the half hour mark.

It was Calcutt who almost netted an equaliser with his first touch when his header from a Coles free-kick from the left bounced off of the left-hand post with Searle beaten.

Having got a yard ahead of his marker Wannell, Saville then headed narrowly wide from Coles’ follow-up corner.

Herbert chased down a long kick forwards from Roberts on 34 minutes, beating Stone to the ball and cutting inside of Hutchings after being slightly delayed before his low left-footed drive was saved by the Farnborough goalkeeper and then Barton cleared.

From a partially cleared Salisbury corner, Young kept the ball alive with a disguised pass in to Wannell who teed up Benson whose right-footed volley from the edge of the box was blocked by Barton for a corner.

Benson played the resulting corner to the unmarked Whelan outside the Farnborough box but his right-footed shot sailed over the bar.

When Benson cut inside of Hammond from the left, he managed to feed Brooks near the Penalty spot but Saville got a crucial toe to the ball to tackle the Salisbury forward.

Another Benson corner from the left was cleared as far as Young who beat Walker to the ball and set the initial corner taker who recycled where Olomowewe and Stone both missed the ball and it bounced wide off of Baggeridge.

Albeit against the run of play, Farnborough drew level two minutes before Half Time with a great team goal from Stone’s goal-kick. Calcutt, Cureton and then Coles all managed to head the ball on to Walker just inside the box where he drilled the ball into the far corner with Searle only able to help the strike on its way. Farnborough 1-1 Salisbury.

Walker’s tenacity almost led to another Farnborough chance just before the Half Time whistle as he raced onto Calcutt’s flick-on down the left and got away from Wannell but his left-footed cross was well blocked by Baggeridge.

HALF TIME: Farnborough 1-1 Salisbury

A third and final substitution for Farnborough saw Bunyan replace Saville at Half Time with the centre-back leaving the field sporting a head bandage at the end of the First Half.

Farnborough started the Second Half in a similar manner as to how they ended the First. Stone’s kick forwards wasn’t fully cleared by Wheeler and from the loose ball, Coles pulled a right-footed strike wide from just outside the box.

Clever play from Walker inside his own half allowed him to knock a long ball forwards where a mix-up in the Salisbury back-line saw Colson head the bouncing ball past his goalkeeper Searle for Perry Coles to happily tap into an empty net with his third goal in as many Home games. Farnborough 2-1 Salisbury.

A minute after the restart, Bunyan headed Baggeridge’s free-kick as far as Benson who quickly exchanged passes with Whelan on the edge of the Farnborough box with the latter drawing a fine diving save from Stone.

Whelan’s corner from the right was headed over the bar by Colson who was looking to atone for his earlier mistake.

Salisbury’s first substitution of the game was in the 57th minute when Tavares came on for Young to take up the left-wing position.

Farnborough were almost caught cold when an attack broke down in the Salisbury half and Benson’s through ball found Brooks who held off his man and set Herbert inside the box but the visiting forward took too long to get his shot away and was tackled by Hutchings.

Brooks was looking much livelier in the second period and got up from a long Colson throw-in from the right but his header bounced wide.

Benson received the ball from Whelan on the right and his cross deflected into the box off of Bunyan and Brooks climbed on Olomowewe and knocked the ball down for Herbert who lashed his volley high over the bar.

Benson and Whelan combined down the left to free substitute Tavares whose right-footed shot from distance was held by Stone.

Salisbury’s pressured paid off and they were rewarded with an equaliser in the 70th minute – after Barton was booked for conceding a free-kick on the left – Benson’s delivery was met by Brooks who struck the crossbar but Rhys Baggeridge was first to the rebound, heading the ball into the net with the assistance of the woodwork. Farnborough 2-2 Salisbury.

Steve Claridge’s Whites had the momentum and were on the hunt for another goal. Man of the Match, Benson dribbled around the outside of Barton in the box and stood the ball up to the back-post where Stone missed the ball and Herbert’s header bounced over the bar.

On 78 minutes, Colson was allowed time and space to travel forwards down the right and the full-back played a fantastic ball in from the right to Brooks six yards out but his volley was straight at Stone.

Salisbury re-took the lead just a minute later when Flavio Tavares picked up a Brooks flick-on and eased inside from the left before bending the ball into the far corner and past Stone from some way out. Farnborough 2-3 Salisbury.

At the other end, Coles played the ball out wide right to the over-lapping Barton whose high cross was missed by Searle but was too powerful for Walker to get on the end of.

With the game approaching Full Time, Salisbury were unfortunate not to extend their lead when Whelan embarked on an incredible run from just inside the Farnborough half, dribbling into the box unchallenged until Stone forced him wide and then the off-balanced midfielder hit his shot wide.

Perrett took the place of Herbert with Salisbury’s second substitution of the game on 89 minutes.

When Hutchings blocked Brooks’ left-footed shot on the edge of the Farnborough box, the Salisbury forward poked the loose ball out to Benson whose low shot across goal was deflected for a corner off of Olomowewe.

FULL TIME: Farnborough 2-3 Salisbury

The final whistle signified a disappointing but deserved Emirates FA Cup defeat at the hands of lower tier opposition.

Manager, Spencer Day will be hoping that some of his unavailable and injured casualties return sooner rather than later, with Farnborough back in League action at Kings Langley next Saturday.

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