Sunday 11th January 2015
By Gary Rosslee
Young Vets set in Stone
Player ratings out of 10
GK - Gary Rosslee, 9. MOM
Making his first appearance in a month but didn’t show any signs of ring rust as he pulled off several vital saves to end up keeping the scores respectable. Most notably denying their talented striker a hat trick as he superbly saved his spot kick in the second half.
LB Matt Wright, 5.
Quiet game at left back, so was moved into a more central midfield role late into the second half as Farnborough were chasing the game at 3-2 down.
CB – Chris Rawley, 5.
Not his best of games, his frustrations got the better of him as he got into an argument with the ref.
CB – Andy Cobham, 5.
Hobbled off injured early on with a suspected hammy pull.
RB – Brett Cheesman, 5.
A game to remember for ‘Queso’ today, his air shot allowed the home team to score the equaliser to make the scores 2-2. And gave away a penalty in the second half, his only saving grace was he was very lucky not to re injure his ankle in the first half. Moved from right back to centre back due to injury to Andy Cobham.
LM – Ben Clunge, 4.
Set up Paul Tanton for the opener, and scored Farnborough’s second (although there were hearts in mouths as we all know that 9 times out of ten he would miss an easy chance like that) thankfully the keeper did well to get out of the way of the shot!
CM- Dean Wyatt, 7.
Won every ball that was there to be won and was the glue holding the OBG midfield together but unfortunately he had to leave after 30 minutes into the first half. When he left we got run ragged down the middle!
CM – Daragh Nott, 6.
Today was a good run out for Daragh as this was the first time I have seen him play in a month so I’m not sure if he has played any other games in Dec/January. He worked tirelessly as only Daragh knows how to!
RM – Neil Pearce, 5.
To up the right midfield berth in the opening 20 minutes of the first half and then moved into a more familiar right back position second half and did well against the Dartford left winger on a number of occasions making some well-timed tackles.
CF – Paul Tanton, 6.
Took his goal well with a side foot volley to break the deadlock early in the first half. Did not have any other chances other than that.
CF- Si Davies, 5.
Blamed the sun in his eyes for not winning a single header in the first half, so it must have been the pizza from the night before that saw him not win a single header in the second half! One of his more ineffective games today!
Matt Ellis, 5.
Brought on earlier than anticipated due to injury to Andy Cobham which saw him take up position on the right of midfield, but he was unable to stamp his authority on the match.
Richard Davies, 5.
Thought he had replaced Dean Wyatt in a “like for like swap” in the centre of the park (somebody had a good Christmas!) but came on at right back
We were miles away in terms of the standard of football that saw us defeat our opposition 5-2 back in October of 2014. Sure we were missing several key players today some might even say we were missing the “spine” of the team but we should have made light work of this match in the first half. We started very brightly and it’s no surprise that both of our goals in the opening exchanges came from the left and right wings respectively. No offence is intended to our opposition but their full backs were clearly older than our wingers so how we didn’t capitalise on this on more than 2 occasions is completely beyond me, to throw away a 2 goal lead when we looked totally in control is a travesty.
The second half was an even poorer affair from a Farnborough perspective as it would appear that several players just seemed to give up the ghost and didn’t really want to be there (sure the pitch wasn’t the greatest, sure it was cold but if this means you don’t give a sh*t then don’t bother coming on Sundays).
We need to regroup ready for next week’s game against Charlton Rangers who as we know are quite a formidable team on their day but with that said so are we. Hopefully the management will have a selection headache next week which should see several key players return to the fold. So let’s put this run of 2 consecutive defeats to a stop as we have never lost 3 games on the bounce. We need to dig deep and show our opposition exactly what we can do out on a football pitch when we are enjoying ourselves, playing for one another and fighting tooth and nail for each other.
Man of the match: Gary Rosslee