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AFC Emley
Eccleshill United
Unknown (70', 81' Sent Off, 88')
Full time
J Irving  (6'), M Mathers (52' Sent Off), L Hudson (90')
Wed 21 Mar 19:45 - Toolstation Northern Counties East League - Division One Attendance 82

AFC Emley 2-2 Eccleshill United

The Eagles were held to a frustrating draw during an incredibly windy trip to AFC Emley.

A stunning strike by Liam Hudson with the last kick of the game was enough to see Eccleshill United scramble a point as the Eagles had to battle the wind during a tough test against AFC Emley.

It was a game that was dictated by one thing; the weather. From the first moment to the last the powerful winds played a huge impact on the game, making the conditions incredibly difficult for both teams.

However, it would be the Eagles who took the lead with an early goal as top scorer, Jonny Irving found his shooting boots and got back to scoring ways. A brilliant passing move saw Charlie Flaherty burst through the Emley defense, playing a squared pass in front of goal to set Irving with a chance he simply couldn't miss.

From then on the half was largely dominated by the hosts, simply due to the fact they were playing with the wind on their side, making things very tough in terms of clearing the ball, but Eccleshill stood up strong and did an excellent job in defending the onslaught by Emley.

Unfortunately, Sean Regan's side was put in a difficult position as soon as the second half began when Matt Mathers was sent for an early shower after receiving his second yellow card of the game for a professional foul.

The red card seemed to inspire the Huddersfield based side who certainly ramped up the pressure, but despite that, it would be Eccleshill who created the next clear-cut chance. An inswinging free-kick by Andy Cooper saw the ball fall to the feet of Antony Brown, just yards out from goal, but the striker was only able to hook the ball over the goal, with Emley breathing a sigh of relief.

Then the hosts would strike, with a worked chance from the right-hand side opening Eccleshill up with a well-driven strike finding its home in the back of the net.

From there both sides attempted to snatch a winner and it appeared as if Emley had done that when they won the ball in the middle of the park, playing in a killer through ball which created a one on one that was well taken by the Emley forward, giving them the lead in the 88th minute.

Thankfully, the game wasn't over and the Eagles didn't give up. With a red card to Emley's midfielder leveling up the numbers game, the pressure was placed on with several long balls being helped by the wind. Eventually, the pressure would pay off with Liam Hudson catching the ball on the volley to fire into the back of the net, rescuing the game for his side with the final kick of the game.

In the end, a draw was a fair result between two sides who battled hard against each other and the wind. The Eagles now move on to Saturday's test against Rossington Main as the club continues to push for a return to the automatic play-off spots.

Train with the Best - Win a training session with the England 6-a-side squad

Key moments

Goal Jonny Irving scores for Eccleshill United
Red Card Matt Mathers is sent off for Eccleshill United
Goal Goal for AFC Emley
Red Card A player is sent off for AFC Emley
Goal Goal for AFC Emley
Goal Liam Hudson scores for Eccleshill United


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90:00 Goal 2 - 2
Liam Hudson scores for Eccleshill United
88:00 Goal 2 - 1
Goal for AFC Emley
81:00 Red Card 1 - 1
A player is sent off for AFC Emley
77:00 Sub Off
Zeph Thomas is substituted off for Eccleshill United
77:00 Sub On
Carlton Pownall is substituted on for Eccleshill United
70:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for AFC Emley
62:00 Yellow Card
Scott Manning is yellow carded for Eccleshill United
57:00 Sub On
Liam Hudson is substituted on for Eccleshill United
57:00 Sub Off
Luke Harrop is substituted off for Eccleshill United
52:00 Red Card 0 - 1
Matt Mathers is sent off for Eccleshill United
End of period 1
6:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jonny Irving scores for Eccleshill United
5:00 Yellow Card
Matt Mathers is yellow carded for Eccleshill United
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • AFC Emley
  • Eccleshill United
  • 0
  • Matt Mathers Yellow Card 5:00'
  • Jonny Irving Goal 6:00'
  • Matt Mathers Red Card 52:00'
  • Liam Hudson Sub On 57:00'
  • Luke Harrop Sub Off 57:00'
  • Scott Manning Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Goal 70:00'
  • Carlton Pownall Sub On 77:00'
  • Zeph Thomas Sub Off 77:00'
  • Red Card 81:00'
  • Goal 88:00'
  • Liam Hudson Goal 90:00'

Team selection

Smith , Dominic Smith , Dominic
Stor , Matthew Stor , Matthew
Manning , Scott Manning , Scott
Mathers, Matt Mathers, Matt
Bradley, Sam Bradley, Sam
Irving , Jonny Irving , Jonny
Harrop, Luke Harrop, Luke
Cooper, Andrew Cooper, Andrew
Flaherty , Charlie Flaherty , Charlie
Thomas, Zeph Thomas, Zeph
Brown , Antony Brown , Antony

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Knaresborough Town 42 100
2. Yorkshire Amateur 42 88
3. Grimsby Borough 42 85
4. Eccleshill United 42 85
5. Shirebrook Town 42 81
6. Glasshoughton Welfare 42 77
7. Selby Town 42 75

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