STEADY EDDIE ON TARGET IN WIN FOR BORO
CHERRYWOOD BATTLE KEEPS PRESSURE ON LEADERS
AN Eddie Smith goal gave Farnborough a hard- fought win over Aylesbury as they kept the pressure on the leaders in Division One Central of the Evo- Stik Southern League.
Boro’s Joseph Hartley cut in from the right for the first chance of the game and made space for a shot which was just off- target and Smith had the ball whipped off his toe as he was about to connect.
Neither side was able to dominate and mistakes were abundant as the teams battled as much with the conditions as with each other at Cherrywood Road.
Aylesbury only partially cleared a Boro’ corner and Smith pounced to put the home side ahead with a strong shot into Kyle Foster’s far corner after 25 minutes.
Aylesbury enjoyed a strong spell after falling behind and with more clinical finishing would surely have evened things up but Ty Deacon sliced wide following a corner and Jeanmal Prosper cleverly teed up a shot from the edge of the area only for his effort to sail well over.
Just before the break Prosper was again prominent and Boro’ skipper, CJ Fearn deflected his effort out for a corner from which Jordan Jenkins’ attempt flew well over.
Boro’ replaced Dennis Oli with John Oyenuga at the interval and began the second period in a lively fashion with a wave of attacks from the restart. Smith came close to a second goal to double Boro’s lead but the crossbar denied him. Referee Craig Robson was making prolific use of his whistle and it was clear both sides were frustrated as the game was repeatedly stopped. Boro’s Sam Pearce was booked and there was some handbags when Nic Ciardini appeared to have been brought down but nothing was given to the hosts.
Oyenuga put Josh Huggins through, but his shot was much too high.
Jack Barton became the second Boro’ player to be booked before Oyenuga’s attempted pass to Perry Coles fell just short and the chance was gone.
Smith was injured with ten minutes to go and although he tried to continue he was clearly struggling and was replaced by Jordan Goater on 83 minutes.
The second half had become a dour struggle with neither side creating much in the way of real chances.
Aylesbury replaced Hartley with Walker on 85 minutes and Charlie Hawtin was booked by Mr Robson as the clock ticked down on a vital result for Boro.
Farnborough whip in a cross at Cherrywood Road where a goal from Eddie Smith, inset, proved decisive