FARNHAM TOWN 2, ABBEY RANGERS 3 (Combined Counties Premier League)
FARNHAM played good football in spells, but when their form dipped Abbey Rangers took full advantage and the end result was a third defeat in four games for Paul Tanner’s side.
Town had lost 3-0 at Colliers Wood in midweek and looked to be heading for another heavy defeat when Abbey led 2-0 after little more than 20 minutes.
The first goal came from a debatable free-kick, with centre-forward Patrik Ruzicka allowed to turn and hit a shot which Richard Ossai got a touch to, but could prevent finding the bottom corner.
Farnham were falling short in their defensive play and their hesitancy was again punished by the visitors as Alex Hendrie doubled the lead.
Town realised they had to raise their game and some much better attacking play down the middle earned them a corner. Abbey initially cleared their lines, but Farnham put the ball back in and after a ricochet off the keeper, club captain Darren Wilson was there to snap up the chance; 2-1 in the 34th minute.
It’s been a familiar pattern this season, Farnham chasing the game and playing their best football in the second half. It happened again as Town stormed out after the break and equalised within seven minutes.
Jack Dillon and Steve Ramsden linked up in an excellent move and it was Ramsden who provided the emphatic finish.
Unfortunately, it’s also been typical of Farnham’s play that after getting back on level terms, they have been naive in the defensive areas. This time, it was George Spiers who gave away a penalty and Ruzicka converted for his second goal.
There was ample time for another comeback, but Abbey, unlike the home side, remained secure at the back and played out for a victory that lifts them to eighth in the table.
“We’re ten points above the relegation zone and I’m confident we will still be playing Premier League football next season,” said manager Tanner.
Farnham host AFC Hayes this weekend. On Tuesday, they travel to Horley Town.