Boro passed a massive test at home last Saturday as they overcame a resilient Chertsey Town side who did not show any nerves nor demonstrate any respect for reputations. In a hard fought match with neither team giving an inch the game turned on a few key moments and it was a nervous ending for the Boro faithful.
Boro started brightly and indeed took the lead after only 8 minutes when the impressive Aresti skipped past a couple of challenges and then squared for “Bobson ” Bowling to tap in . This goal galvanised Boro who pushed for the all important second . Chertsey started to get a foot hold in the game however and threatened with some neat play and on one occasion Murphy for the visitors spurned a glorious chance as Chertsey caught the Boro boys on the break and after a very clever chip had wrong footed the Boro defenders Murphy’s effort flew over the bar . Right on halftime Jamie O’donoghue nearly found the net with a diving header that went just wide after Durojaiye’s inviting cross .1-0 Boro halftime.
The second half began with Boro on top and looking certain to add to their tally, however some good defensive blocks and further saves from the Chertsey custodian kept Boro at bay and as nerves began to play their part Boro sat back as Chertsey pushed for an equaliser . With 7 minutes to go it almost came as a Chertsey forward unmarked 10 yards out couldn’t beat Miles outstretched dive. This proved to be the turning point as 3 minutes later an excellent strike by Mcdonald having been saved by the keeper fell kindly to Bowling who once again finished with aplomb breaking the spirit of the Chertsey players and fans. Before the final whistle there was time for another save by Miles and moments later the whistle sounded to the glee of the Boro fans and the continuation of the dream in this famous competition.
Boro line up
Miles, Olufemi, O’donoghue M, Richards, Mitchell, Dombaxe, Michale-Percil ( Djassi-Sambu 76), Aresti, O’donoghue J( Mcdonald 66),Durojaiye, Bowling ( Rosero 85)