Brize 1sts faced AC Finstock at The Rec on Saturday looking to get back to winning ways.
Brize were depleted with Dan Frizzell and Paul 'Messy' Morrison missing through injury, Christopher Hunt retiring and Dan King a late withrawal on Babysitting duty.
This meant Steve Marshall
coming back into the squad and a place on the bench for ageing Simon Cook and a call up for Stu Read who has been fantastic in the ressies this season.
It was a a game of two halves as the old saying goes.
Brize started the 1st half well and had some early pressure but without the end product. A nice free-kick from Colin Tyrell
was just headed over by Matty Howard and Patrick Crowley hit the bar from a corner.
In the 28th minute a long throw-in by Paul Coppock was missed by the Finstock defenders and Matthew Howard
thumped the ball in the net with leaving the Finstock keeper rooted to the spot.
The second half saw Brize forget how to play football. The desire to get to the ball first seemed to have gone and there was a lack of composure on the ball. Passing...well lets not go there.
The half belonged to Finstock in the main and when Brize did get forward it was a case of poor decision making and the attacks filtering out.
Finstock got their reward from a corner which was headed in to draw the game level.
Finstocks pressure was tell and they were awarded a penalty that was disputed by some but was given.
Super Squeak Mark Hedges loves penalties and he picked the right way as he dived to his left to save another one.
Was that save better than the one Richard Taylor did a few minutes later?
Finstock thought they should have had a second pen but an offside was given instead.
Tempers boiled over with a few handbags.
Towards the end of the game Finstock were pushing forward and turning the screw but Brize held out and took a lucky point.
No stand out candidates for Man of the Match but the supporters asked voted on veteran Adrian Godwin
Next week the defence of the Junior Cup begins with a home tie against Witney Royals Reserves.