Boro’ back with a bang!
Farnborough began life back in the Southern Premier with a slender 1-0 win at St Neots Town at the weekend.
Manager, Spencer Day had to make do without Summers signings, Kieron Forbes and Connor Calcutt who both picked up respective injuries in a recent Pre-Season Friendly at Molesey.
Goalkeeper, Liam Stone was given the heads up to start between the sticks and midfielder, Chris Regis also came straight into the starting eleven having impressed during the tailend of Pre-Season.
Defender, Jack Smith and Patrik Ruzicka have both joined Evo-Stik League South Division One East side Beaconsfield Town on a months loan.
In the first minute of the game, Farnborough had a penalty appeal turned down when Bunyan flicked a long ball into the St Neots Town box and Cureton flicked the ball across goal only for it to bounce off Parr’s arm and into Emery’s hands. The Referee, however, wasn’t having none of it.
Two minutes later, Horne played a ball over the high-line of the Farnborough defence through to Foy who skipped into the box and then around Stone but his low effort from an ever-closing angle was stopped by Ciardini who cleared the ball.
After Coles won a corner off of Sinclair, the Farnborough striker took the resulting set-piece which was met by Huggins who couldn’t quite get his effort on-target his header bounced wide.
Farnborough’s first goal of the new League Season arrived in the 17th minute as Oyenuga ran around the outside of Bradshaw on the right wing before pulling the ball back to the edge of the box where Bunyan sliced his kick but Nic Ciardini curled a right-footed strike past the stranded Emery. St Neots Town 0-1 Farnborough.
Two minutes after the opening goal, Williams was thwarted by Stone who made a great low save and then gathered the loose ball from inside his box.
On 27 minutes, Bunyan received Farnborough’s first booking of the Season for bringing down Foy just inside the St Neots Town half.
A Farnborough clearance fell to Hyem outside the box by the St Neots Town Captain volleyed over the bar with ten minutes to go until the break.
On the stroke of Half Time, a long ball forwards from the St Neots Town defence saw Watson rob Fearn in the right-back area before Emmerson superbly cut out the pull-back with Hyem ready to pounce.
HALF TIME: St Neots Town 0-1 Farnborough
Five minutes into the Second Half, Stone was forced into action as a ball in behind the Farnborough defence saw Watson’s cross from the right ricochet off Saville but Stone saved at the feet of a St Neots Town striker.
St Neots Town won a corner in the 57th minute and Williams’ delivery from the right fell to the unmarked Watson who lashed a right-footed effort comfortably wide.
Just before the hour mark, Farnborough were almost rewarded for neat build-up play as Emmerson headed a ball out wide right to Coles whose first-time cross was headed wide by Cureton just outside the six-yard box.
On 66 minutes, Emmerson had a powerful long-range drive saved by the feet of Emery who did well with the ball swiveling in the air.
Farnborough’s first substitution of the game saw goalscorer, Nic Ciardini replaced by Nick Hutchings on the left.
Jack Barton then replaced Jamie Cureton as Farnborough looked to protect their precious one-goal lead.
A solid remaining final quarter of an hour saw Farnborough defend well and hold on to a first three points of the Season up in Cambridgeshire.
FULL TIME: St Neots Town 0-1 Farnborough
Many thanks to all of our travelling supporters. Farnborough’s next Away game is on 26 August at Merthyr Town – supporters can still book seats on the Supporters Coach to Wales.
Before that, Farnborough re-unite with Royston Town this Wednesday (16 August) for our first game of the Season at The Rushmoor Commuinity Stadium. Kick off in the Evo-Stik League South Premier is at 7:45pm and Under 16’s go FREE!
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