Farnham Town Through To The Quarter Finals Of The Aldershot Senior Cup
It’s a fact of life that you can only beat what’s in front of you.
And, even though holders Camberley Town put out an extremely young side, containing five under-18 players and five under-23s, the Farnham Town management team and players will be pleased with a thoroughly professional performance that saw them score four second half goals and keep a clean sheet to move smoothly to the quarter-finals of the Aldershot Senior Cup.
The most notable thing from a frankly forgettable first half was that Farnham Town continued to deploy the 5-3-2 formation introduced to good effect at Walton & Hersham on Saturday, this time giving the wing backs greater licence to get forward.
Although the personnel were different from the Walton & Hersham match , the shape was again secure, and it seems safe to assume that we’ll see this formation again when the Town line up against Raynes Park Vale this Saturday.
With little to talk about at half time, the ever-growing band of Farnham fans hoped for something better in the second half.
And they were not disappointed!
Things started five minutes into the second half when Farnham, who’ve not enjoyed ‘the rub of the green’ with respect to recent refereeing decisions, were awarded a contentious corner, with the Camberley ‘keeper claiming a Farnham player had the final touch.
For once, fortune favoured Farnham and, from the corner, Cavin Atkinson rose high to head home the opening goal.
Five minutes later, Olly Ryman was on hand to lash home the second after the ball had bounced around the Camberley penalty area.
By now Farnham were well on top and it was no surprise that the impressive Ryman was involved in the Town’s third on 62 minutes.
This time he combined well with George Pilbeam before pulling the ball across goal for Ben Bauchop to convert at the far post.
The last half hour was one-way traffic with Camberley’s youngsters forced to hold on against a tide of Farnham pressure, particularly down the right flank, where Jack Mitchell and Josh Ogunseye combined to devastating effect against a defence that was visibly tiring.
To their credit, the Camberley players stuck to their task, and appeared to have made it through to the final whistle without conceding again, only for Josh Ogunseye to go on one of his trademark runs before slotting it home with pretty much the last kick of the game.
Four goals, a clean sheet and a quarter-final tie at home to Hartley Wintney.
All in all, a good night’s work and one the Town can build on before Saturday’s tough tie at home to Raynes Park Vale.
MOTM : Olly Ryman
The Town’s next home match is in the Combined Counties League against Raynes Park Vale on Saturday 04 December. KO 3:00pm