Visitors sunk by Gareth's double
PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:20 24 May 2010
BEFORE the season started, Farnborough were deducted 10 points by the Football Association for falling into administration, and had it not been for this penalty they would now
Weston-s-Mare 2 Farnborough Town 1BEFORE the season started, Farnborough were deducted 10 points by the Football Association for falling into administration, and had it not been for this penalty they would now lie in 11th spot in the Conference South table.But against this rejuvinated Weston side, they were made look second-best by a display of fine flowing football, crowned by two stunning goals.Early on, there was little to choose between the sides with defences dominating. Ryan Harley fired over from distance from Craig Rand's lay-off on nine minutes, while for Farnborough, Richard Hodgson wasted an opportunity later, but the visitors forced three corners in the opening spell. Again, Hodgson was off target, while Paul Harkness fired over when free in the six-yard box.Weston broke the deadlock on 39 minutes when Rand found Marvin Brown with a through pass and Brown beat his marker before feeding Gareth Hopkins who turned inside the area before finding the roof of the Farnborough net.Minutes into the second half, Hopkins made a good run down the left, but his low cross was cut out by Farnborough keeper Kevin Scriven at the second attempt.Although Farnborough forced two more corners, they had to wait until the 72nd minute before getting their first shot on target, with Tyrone Smith giving Ryan Northmore an easy save.But by then, Weston had scored again when Gary Thorne charged down Jamie Whisken's effort and his cross-field clearance found the head of Lee Jarman who guided the ball into the path of Hopkins who beat off the attentions of a couple of defenders before firing past Scriven from 15 yards for his fifth goal for the club. Minutes later, Harley hit the foot of a post with a pile-driver with Scriven beaten.For the last 15 minutes, Farnborough brought on all three substitutes and for a time had the better of the exchanges. The pressure was rewarded on 84 minutes when Northmore saved with his legs from Smith, but Mike Charles was on hand to knock in the rebound, with the home defence appealing for offside.* TOMORROW (Sat), Weston make the long trip to East Sussex to meet Lewes at the Dripping Pan, a ground where they never have been successful, but on their present form, will be hoping to come back with something.On Wednesday next (7.45pm), Weston are home again, this time in a rearranged game with Bishop's Stortford.* WESTON have announced the signing of Brazilians Andre Santelcele and Gurstavo Zardetto who have been playing in the Italian third division.Head coach Chris Smith said: "One plays just behind the front two and the other is a centre-forward. They are both quite small but strong and technically talented."Ultimately, they are looking to join a Football League club, but in the meantime will be quite useful to us."Weston fans will not see them in league action for some time, as the club await international clearance from the Italian FA.