Beavers See Off Yellow Peril
The Beavers continued their fine away form with a resolute and effective performance against a Farnborough club that has troubles, on and off the pitch, writes Rob Overfield.There was just one change to the team that was unlucky to lose at Boreham Wood, with Dean Inman coming in to replace Billy Jeffreys in the heart of the defence. The first chances fell to the hosts, Charles’ header was easily saved by Craig Ross after just 10 minutes, but Ross had cause to be thankful to Neil Jenkins 3 minutes later. Former Beaver Orlando Jeffrey connected with a firm header from a corner, but Jenkins was still on the goal line and made the vital clearance.
This was as close as Farnborough came in the first half, as the Beavers started to have more of the possession and on 31 minutes, they made it count. A free kick from some 30 yards out came off Charlie Moone and fell to Dean Inman, who was allowed to turn and flick the ball over Bradshaw for only his second goal of the season. Ten minutes later, it was nearly 2-0, James Simmonds recovered the ball after a challenge to cross from the by-line, but Moone’s header was high, wide and not very handsome. Sixty seconds later, the Beavers made light of that miss by doubling the lead, thanks to James Simmonds. Nathan Collier threaded a pass down the right, between defenders for Simmonds to latch onto; holding off defenders, he bore down on the goal, but scuffed his shot. The placement was better than the power, and it rolled past Bradshaw into the net by the opposite post, to give the Beavers a solid half time lead. HT Farnborough FC 0 HRBFC 2
The second half was quite nondescript until the 70th minute, when Charles managed to get a shot somewhere near the goal, but in truth, Farnborough weren’t looking like being a threat as the Beavers defence, ably marshalled by Darren Powell, snuffed out any semblance of an attacking move.Despite the hosts having more of the possession, the Beavers nearly made a third goal with 15 minutes to go; Clayton Murray chased a long ball into the corner, won the tackle and floated a cross to the near post; Moone couldn’t get enough direction on the header, and it drifted just over the angle of post and bar.
By now, Farnborough were starting to look a little more determined, Craig Ross having to fling himself to his left to tip round a Phil Page shot from distance but this attempt was the exception rather than the norm for the Yellows. As the game dwindled to its natural end, Farnborough were starting to leave players up and the Beavers counter attacked through Simmonds and then Murray, who took Simmonds’ pass and took the ball forward at pace. On reaching the box, he tried to play in Karle Andrews but the pass never reached its target and was cleared. Of concern to Mark Harper and the Beavers management will be the loss of Charlie Moone, who had to leave the field on 80 minutes with a hamstring strain, leaving the team to play that last 10 minutes with just 10 on the field. It says something about the team that the hosts didn’t look any better against the 10 than playing against 11.
HRBFC: Ross, Ferrell, Jenkins, Inman, Powell, Huggins, Collier, Jones, Moone, Simmonds, James. Subs: Andrews, Johnson, Hickey, Turner, Murray.
Substitutions: Andrews for Collier, Johnson for Jones, Murray for James, all 73 minutes.
Many thanks to Rob Overfield for this match report. Rob is the Press Officer at The Beveree, and this report also features on the club’s official website. All the relevant links are below.
Posted on April 9, 2012, in UTL Archive and tagged Charlie Moone, Craig Ross, Dean Inman, Farnborough, Hampton & Richmond Borough, James Simmonds, Mark Harper, Vanarama NL South. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.