Second half substitutions see Farnham Town score a second consecutive 2-0 win.
There was much to admire about Farnham Town’s victory over CB Hounslow United on Saturday.
Adopting an attacking 4-4-2 formation that encouraged both Matt Glass and Harvey Mitchell to push on and support the lively Josh Ogunseye and hardworking Ashley Ellison, Farnham started brightly and piled pressure on the Hounslow defence.
Their reward was a series of chances created from corners that could have resulted in goals.
However, on each occasion, the ultimate opportunity fell to the feet of a Farnham defender and, despite their best efforts, the chances were unconverted.
As the first half progressed, CB Hounslow United began to come into the game and, by the end of the half, the team from the Combined Counties Premier Division North were controlling the central midfield and creating opportunities of their own, albeit long range shots easily saved by the Farnham Town ‘keeper.
Clearly concerned by the growing influence of the Hounslow midfield, Farnham manager Colin Millard was moved to make half time changes that dramatically transformed the match.
In particular, captain Ashley Lloyd came on as a shield in front of the back four and took back control of the game, breaking up the Hounslow attacks and pushing Farnham forward with a series of simple, but consistently well directed, passes to his teammates.
Previously deployed as a centre back, Lloyd looked composed in the holding role and his influence allowed Farnham to once again dominate the midfield and ultimately fashion two goals, both expertly taken by striker Ashley Ellison.
The first was a poacher’s finish at the near post after a positive run by Josh Ogunseye, while the second was a well measured, confident strike that finished off a fine move by Farnham.
Manager Colin Millard was certainly pleased as the team prepared for next weekend’s FA Cup match against AFC Varndeanians
“We felt that we controlled the game from start to finish. Our presence and composure on the ball was markedly better than in the Broadbridge Heath game, and it’s encouraging to see that development in a week. Great to see Ashley Elson find the net, his second was a particularly good finish. All in all, another good workout for us with plenty of positives as we get ready for next Saturday.”
MOTM : Ashley Lloyd