Farnborough v Churchtown
Southport Premier League(Away)
Our first away fixture saw the A Team battle through for a hard fought, but well deserved victory.
The opening third saw classic passing football from the Farnborough Academy, with Lucas Balshaw controlling the centre of the park, sending some searching passes for our front pair of Rico and Ben Lawrenson. Rhys and Kian were keeping it tight at the back, with Bailey looking secure between the posts. Churchtown’s keeper had been kept the busier with a number of fine saves with his feet. Ben came close with a burst of pace down the left, then with moments left of the first third Kian won a tackle, passed to Lucas, who sent it left to Lawrie. Ben Lawrenson was overlapping and a careful ball from Lawrie saw Ben round the keeper and make it one nil.
The second period continued with some fine chances being created by Ben Wareing setting up; Oscar, Rico and Bailey. Oscar brought off a fine two footed save by the Churchtown keeper, Rico broke through only to shave the outside of the left post and Bailey was clear on goal when the turf got the better of him and he missed the ball! With the whistle about to go, Churchtown put together their best move of the match to make the score one all.
In a closely fought final period both teams created chances. Oscar once again looked to score but their keeper and defender blocked his attempts. Ben L and Rhys both had close chances but couldn’t break the deadlock. Kian, Dana and Lucas defended stoutly and George made two fine saves to keep the scores even. With the final minute ticking Farnborough broke through, Dana passing from defence, Ben L made the vital pass that set Oscar through to calmly score past a stranded Churchtown keeper.
Two – One, Farnborough it remained with the boys showing their determination and teamwork to see out a well deserved victory.