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.