City slip to narrow Farnborough defeat

A close range finish on 70 minutes was enough to send City to a narrow defeat against in-form Farnborough at Twerton Park this afternoon. The visitors came into the game two points behind City, but unbeaten in the league since September, and there was little to choose between the sides over the 90 minutes. However, one moment of misfortune for the Romans decided the game. With Jack Batten out of position after receiving a knock near the halfway line an unmarked Bloomfield took full advantage of the referee allowing play to continue to tap home Kandi’s cross. Defences were largely on top during a first half where Farnborough shaded possession but City came the closest to scoring when Turner saved Elliott Frear’s 30th minute effort. The second half saw City begin to get on top with Luke Spokes, Cody Cooke and James Morton all trying their luck from long range but failing to test Turner. With the Hampshire side boasting one of the best defensive records in the division once they’d got their noses in front they looked comfortable in maintaining this advantage, Kieran Parselle’s header from a corner a rare chance for City. Max Harris made his first real save of the afternoon in the 87th minute, pushing away Holmes’ well-struck shot, before in the first minute of stoppage time Spokes drew a fine block from Turner. This was as close as City would come to grabbing a deserved point on another disappointing afternoon for Jerry Gill’s men.