City fail to get going after late Boro start

City suffered  a disappointing result this afternoon at Twerton Park, losing 2-0 to mid-table Farnborough. The game did not kick-off until 4pm after a number of the visiting players were held up due to an accident on the M4. However, it was City who appeared to be affected by the delay as a goal in each half ensured Farnborough’s return journey was more enjoyable.

An understandably low-key opening to the game saw both sides struggle to get going. This changed on 22 minutes when a cross from the right was headed past Josey Casa-Grande by Pruit. Five minutes later Casa-Grande produced a great save to keep out Kuhl’s spectacular overhead kick. Farnborough’s long-throw tactic also caused several nervous moments in the City box but they reached the interval without any further damage.

A double change at half-time – James Alabi and Ephraim Yeboah replacing Tom Smith and Elliott Frear – briefly lifted the Romans with the former heading narrowly wide on 50 minutes. However, five minutes later Matthews-Lewis doubled the visitors lead from close range. Despite the time remaining City never looked like getting back in the game and the afternoon was made worse as they finished the game with nine men on the field – Joe Raynes unable to continue after receiving a blow to the head then Luke Russe getting stretched off with a knee injury.