Men's First Team
National League South · Att: 624 Tue 15 August Saunders Transport Community Stadium
  • Pavey (25')
  • Cullen (76')
Hemel Hempstead Town
  • Krasniqi (45')

Farnborough won their first home game of the season 2-1 against Hemel Hempstead Town in what proved to be a cagey fixture, writes Rhys Cornwell.

Headed goals from Alfie Pavey and Connor Cullen gave Boro all three points, to the delight of the home faithful.

There were very few notable chances throughout the game. The first chance of the game didn’t come until the 11th minute when Hemel Hempstead Town’s Josh Williams hit the post from the edge of the box.

The hosts took the lead in the 27th minute, as Reggie Young put a magnificent cross towards the back post where Alfie Pavey would meet it and head past James Turner in the Hemel Hempstead Town goal – his second goal in as many games.

Pavey nearly doubled The Yellows lead in the 43rd minute. The ball came to him in a similar position to where he was for the goal, but he was only able to head the ball over the frame of the goal.

The Tudors hit back right before half-time as Arj Krasniqi rifled a shot into the top right-hand corner from 25 yards, leaving Jack Turner absolutely no chance.

HALF-TIME: Farnborough 1 Hemel Hempstead Town 1

Boro didn’t start the second half particularly strong and Reece Grant had a glorious chance to put the visitors ahead in the 50th minute, but he mis-guided his header which ended up bouncing over Jack Turner’s goal.

The first real chance in the second half for Farnborough arrived in the 69th minute. Ricky Holmes and Selim Saied played a lovely one-two on the edge of the Hemel Hempstead Town penalty area. Saied played the ball into Holmes who looked to curl the ball into the far corner, but Taylor was equal to the effort and parried the shot behind for a corner.

The match-winner came in the 76th minute, Selim Saied put a great cross into the box which was met by Connor Cullen who headed towards goal. Taylor in the Hemel Hempstead Town goal managed to get a palm to the shot, but was unable to keep it out, giving Farnborough the lead and the eventual victory.

From there, Boro were able to keep The Tudors away from creating any major chance and bring home a valuable three points to kick-start what will prove to be a very long and difficult season.

The victory saw Farnborough jump up to 10th in the League table on four points, while Brad Quinton’s Hemel Hempstead Town dropped down to 7th with six points.

The win was also Boro’s first victory over The Tudors in over 13 years, with their last victory a 3-0 triumph back on New Year’s Day in 2010.

FULL-TIME: Farnborough 2 Hemel Hempstead Town 1

Att: 624