Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-09-09

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47 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 Sport Farnham defeated in exciting final day Farnboroug­h boss Spencer Day 24 at 83. He was the first of three cheap victims for Alec Goldsworth­y, Andy Parker (12) another of them as he bravely battled on despite an injured hand. It seemed Humphreys, a revelation for Guildford after arriving from Rowledge, would run out of partners against his home town club, acting captain Jonny Charles (4) swinging across the line to be bowled by James Berry and Griffiths returning to castle Archie Freeth for a duck at 122-9. Humphreys, though, showed intelligen­ce and resolution in gathering runs as and where he could, now with fellow Surrey Academy youngster Shoaib Bashir for company. Going into the penultimat­e over, they needed seven and it was Humphreys who struck the vital blow from the third delivery, smashing Berry over mid-on for six to walk off unbeaten on 44. It was a victory which earned Guildford second place in group 11 and condemned their hosts to bottom place. Earlier, Farnham had looked well set while opener Nathan Thorpe was making 54, but declined from 91-2 to 128-9 at the end of their 40 overs, seamer Humphreys shining again in claiming 3-25, while offspinner­s Bashir and Charles chipped in with two victims apiece. TOM Humphreys sealed victory for Guildford in the grand manner as they claimed an exciting final-day victory at Farnham. There have been many tense battles between the clubs down the years and if this one lacked the bite of some, it was still a suitable way to finish the season, which owed much to the ingenuity of Surrey Championsh­ip and Fuller’s Brewery League administra­tors in making the best of a shortened summer. Chasing 129 for victory on a pitch which encouraged bowlers throughout, Guildford were in trouble at 22-2 after the early loss of Wayne White and Freddie Geffen. Youngster Ben Garrett impressed again with his 20 before becoming Mike O’Mahony’s third victim in a fine opening spell, having helped Fred McMillan to double the score. When Alex Sweet (5) was bowled by the accurate Luke Griffiths 10 runs later, Farnham looked a good bet to end a run of four successive defeats and claim a victory, which would have considerab­ly brightened their winter. McMillan (24) restrained his natural attacking instincts and took charge with 15-year-old Humphreys, only to pick out the only man deep on the legside – Griffiths completing a fine running catch – to depart for Boro open with tricky FA Cup tie Fleet off to poor start in season-opener pable shot from Yahya El-Khabouche past the helpless Andy Rider. Five minutes before half-time, a splendid through ball from Jabir Laraba left Saleem Masri unmarked in front of goal, and although Rider got a hand to the ball he was unable to keep it out. After the break, Spurs made a tactical positional change and were much livelier. Seven minutes into the half, Oliver McAleese was brought down in the visitors’ box, but Adam Bellmaine put the ball past the post from the spot. The game now took on an unmistakab­le early season look as both sets of players began to tire. However, after 71 minutes Borough skipper Walhid Hirsi made a brilliant run into the heart of the Fleet defence. His through ball found Laraba, who slid the ball low past Rider into the corner of the net. In the 76th minute, Adam Bellmaine ran on to a through ball, but keeper Hossam Hassan tipped his fine left-foot drive over the bar. Eight minutes before full-time, Knowles headed the ball to Ross Cheek, who put a low left-foot shot past Hassan and inside the far post. FOLLOWING a promising pre-season for Fleet Spurs, which included a win at Combined Counties League Premier Division side Redhill, it was a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ as they opened their Division One season with a 3-1 home defeat to Kensington & Ealing Borough. Borough deserved to take all three points, but the home side did not help themselves by squanderin­g a handful of good chances. The match started with Fleet having the majority of possession, though the visitors were quick to close them down in midfield, winning a number of 50/50 balls thanks to their strength and determinat­ion. New skipper James Scott had Spurs’ first chance, but was unable to get his header on target, having met a well-placed corner from Jake Bellmaine at the far post. This was after six minutes and five minutes later Adam Bellmaine skied an excellent chance over the bar, after the ball had run free a few yards from goal following slack play by the Borough defence. Midway through the half, the visitors took the lead, a slick move down their right culminatin­g in an unstop- DAY EXPECTS LYMINGTON SIDE TO BE TOUGH OPPOSITION brought in they are really looking to have a fantastic season. So not an easy tie at all. We’re going to take it exceptiona­lly seriously and we need the supporters to get here and hopefully cheer us on to get through to the next round.” Meanwhile, Farnboroug­h have announced the appointmen­t of Mike Long as first-team kitman. Long, 29, takes over from longstandi­ng kitman Roger Peirce, who retired after the conclusion of the 2019-2020 season. Born in Frimley and currently residing in Basingstok­e, Long describes himself as chilled, fun and organised. An avid supporter of west London side Brentford, when away from the dressing room his occupation is a scrum master. In his spare time, hobbies include playing PS4, cooking and attending live events. Long added: “I’m really excited to take on the role and looking forward to the season starting.” borough manager Day said: “We’ve already told the players that this is going to be one very, very difficult game. “We’ve got some issues to overcome with player unavailabi­lity, with injuries and we’ve got to work really hard. “We’re all focused this season, more than ever, on the next game and we know how tough that’s going to be. We’re looking forward to it. We can’t wait. It’s the FA Cup. “I don’t care how good a player they might have; we’re Farnboroug­h and we’ve got good players here. “Yes, we’re short in some areas. Yes, we’re behind a bit, but we’re working ever so hard. I think we’re looking a lot stronger defensivel­y and now we’re got to sort the other key area of the park out and start finding some goals. “It’s so difficult in training to replicate penalties and the fact that it goes to penalties after 90 minutes is a real possibilit­y. “With the quality COMPETITIV­E football returns to the Easy As HGV Stadium on Saturday, when Farnboroug­h host Lymington Town in the FA Cup preliminar­y round. However, as if starting the new season a week earlier than expected due to FA Cup involvemen­t was not difficult enough, Boro’ boss Spencer Day faces a challenge to patch up his side riddled with injuries and unavailabi­lities for a must-win tie. Lymington Town of the Wessex League Premier Division are expected to prove stern opposition, with their squad containing former Aldershot Town captain Craig Stanley, experience­d forward Craig McAllister and Ollie Dennett who bagged a hat-trick against Boro’ last season. A place in the first round qualifying and £1,444 is up for grabs for the winners, who must be decided on the day, with the tie going straight to penalty kicks if the scores are level after 90 minutes. Speaking about the game, Farn- that they’ve PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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