dominating the attacking play in the bright September sunshine at
Cherrywood Road, Farnborough could could themselves a little lucky
to have escaped a replay as a debatably 76th minute penalty was what
won the game for the Premier Division leaders.
The Rebels, on a 4-game unbeaten run
started brightly as Danny Jordan's (pictured right) header flew
narrowly wide of the post from Byron Bubb's cross. Minutes later,
Jordan would beat two defenders, only to have his shot cleared off
the line and hooked over the crossbar by Ian Oliver.
from these early chances, the first half was mainly uneventful, with
Farnborough having the possession but failing to create any serious
chances, with the Rebels forced to rely on the counter-attack.
The second half bought yet more
attacking from the home side, and Jackson was called into action on
several occasions, most notably to expertly tip Robert Saunders
free-kick over the crossbar.
Farnborough were however to waste their
best chance to open the scoring when Leigh Rumbold somehow managed
to blast the ball over the crossbar from little more than 5 yards
out with Jamie Jackson beaten by the initial cross.
resistance was finally and fatally broken on 75 minutes, when the
referee gave a foul for Ryan Fenton's (pictured left) seemingly
perfectly good challenge on Michael-Lee Charles. Rob Saunders
dispatched the penalty to Jackson's right, although he guessed the
The Rebels tried to get back into the game, but without the presence
of a strong attacking line and the lack of support to Danny Jordan
and Matthew Platt, their efforts were in vain. In the meantime,
Farnborough had two goals disallowed; goals from both Rumbold and
Charles were ruled out for fouls.
In the end, the home side held out for a
victory they ultimately deserved, although not by much.