Jan 10, 2015, 11:44 pm
THREE POINTS FROM A VERY STERN TEST
Boroughs last line of defence weathered its severest test of the season especially in a "backs to the wall" second half in which it received little assistance in the way of pressure relief from its misfiring front line. Even so only a sensational flying save by Ashley Harris to push a powerful late free kick just past his left hand post preserved the 2-1 lead at "The Old Spotted Dog" where Clapton and their noisy supporters must be wondering how they failed to get an equaliser from their second half onslaught which would really have been the least they deserved. Both sides had profited from penalties for fouls, not of the worst variety, with Walid Matata slotting the first low to the 'keepers left against the run of play in the 22nd minute. Fahad Nyanja sent Harris the wrong way five minutes before the interval. In between a fine run by Anthony McDonald finished with a 27th minute shot against the post and Cornel Cornea prodded home the rebound. The less said about Borough's second half finishing of the few chances they managed to create the better. After match news that closest challenger's Barking had effectively made the win worth five points for Borough by their surprising 1-1 draw at home to Basildon United made the journey back even sweeter; Borough now lead them 57 points to 42 but have played 2 games more
AND WOMEN OVERCOME STEVENAGE TO REACH THEIR LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL ON SUNDAY.....
.....in what was a game of similar pattern. Two-nil up at Codicote (having coceded home advantage to get the game played) through Eunice Fakolade and Marianne Sheena at the interval Borough had to withstand a second half onslaught in which 'keeper Cherkish Young pulled off some outstanding saves including a vital dive low to her left to push a hard hit penalty past the post ten minutes from time so avoiding what would have been a nailbiting finish. In fact Borough broke away for Sheena to increase the lead before Stevenage deservedly hooked home a consolation effort only for Sheena to again exploit the space their need for all out attack allowed to complete her hat-trick for the 4-1 win. It was by no means as comfortable as a three goal margin suggests but was the just reward for ninety minutes hard slog.