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Boro brush aside Forest Green disaster

FARNBOROUGH Town buried the ghost of Tuesday's disastrous home defeat by Forest Green Rovers with a thoroughly professional away performance at the impressive New Bucks Head on Saturday.

FARNBOROUGH Town buried the ghost of Tuesday's disastrous home defeat by Forest Green Rovers with a thoroughly professional away performance at the impressive New Bucks Head on Saturday.

A goal late on in either half, built on by a re-worked 3-5-2 formation, gave the visitors added impetus to go on to record their best away victory of the season so far and climb up to ninth in the Nationwide Conference.

After a week of hard work on the training ground, Westley decided to change his line-up, brining both Pipers, Lenny and Chris, back to the fold, along with fit-again Nathan Bunce and Danny Carroll.

The result was a determined display to answer all the critics, with the back three, in particular, in sparkiong form. Indeed, on the rare occasion that the Boro defence were breached, Telford found keeper Tony Pennock in unbeatable form.

This was never more evident than in the 12th minute when Martin Barlow's free-kick was headed powerfully goalwards from five yards by Mark Foran but the keeper made a tremendous reaction save to hold onto the ball.

An end to end start saw Lenny Piper robbed of a golden opportunity when defender Matthew Broomer got in a last gasp tackle at the expense of a corner, which Bunce headed wide.

Steve Palmer's well struck shot was then deflected for a corner as the Bucks hit back and Foran failed to get power on his header under pressure from the visiting defence.

Lenny then fired wide when well placed and Pennock was equal to Gareth Hanmer's attempted lob at the other end.

Boro battled on and continued to create with big defender Jim Rodwell got up well to head Tony Taggart's free-kick wide on 20 minutes and Ken Charlery had the same end result from the same supplier minutes later.

Telford's best chance of the half came a minute before the break when Paul Moore got to the by-line and pulled the ball back into the path of David Brown, but again Pennock got down well to hold the low drive.

Boro hit the home side on the rebound when Gary Holloway's slide rule pass set up Piper the elder who picked his spot to slot home from the edge of the box to give the visitors a half time lead.

Telford manager Jake King threw on an extra forward at half time to go three up front but the visiting defence soaked up the pressure and when substitute Peter Smith shot on the turn on 52 minutes Pennock saved well diving to his right.

The visitors proved dangerous on the break - Bunce saw his goal bound header tipped over the bar on 63 minutes and substitute Dean Green, on for the injured Rodwell on the hour, saw his 20 yarder palmed round the post eight minutes later.

Charlery's strike from ten yards was then well taken by the home keeper, Edwards.

Telford continued in search of the equaliser but when Darren Annon brought down Brown on the edge of the box with ten minutes left, Hanmer's free-kick was deflected for a corner, which Foran headed wide.

Graham Westley's men then sealed the points a minute from time when Charlery side footed home Steve Watson's pin point cross from the right, to send Boro back up the table.

Speaking afterwards, the boss said: "It was important to answer things after the other night, which was well below par. It was routine performance, a routine win and the players set the right standard for that type of job."

The bad news, however is that injuries cdontinue to mount up. Chris Piper and Jim Rodwell were both forced to left the field and are doubtful for Saturday's trip to Northwich.

BORO: Pennock; Bunce, Laker, Watson, L Piper (sub Gwillem 90), Taggart, C Piper (Annon 29), Charlery, Holloway, Carroll, Rodwell (Green 60).

Ref: M Atkinson. Att: 762.

l The reserves are back in home again tomorrow night (Wednesday) when Harrow Borough visit the AIMITA Stadium(ko 7.45pm).


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