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Fri 2 Nov 19:45 - East Midlands Counties League - Premier League Full time Attendance 85

Ingles 1-1 West Bridgford

A lacklustre performance from Ingles saw them draw 1-1 against strugglers West Bridgford at the Dovecote on a chilly night in the East Midlands Counties League.

Ingles came into this encounter off the back of four wins in five games and a 2-0 win at Heanor Town last time out. But, it was the Nottinghamshire outfit that opened the scoring early on. Will Daly was the man that netted as he fired home from close range. A spirited second half from the Hosts saw them equalise six minutes in. Laithan Hammond was the man that scored, as his penalty creeped into the net.

Ingles boss Matt Smith made just the one change from the team that impressively beat Heanor Town last time out. Dominic Watts replaced Daniel Tuck at left back.

The home side started bright and had a couple of chances to open the deadlock. Firstly, on two minutes, Billy Blackshaw was played through but his right footed goal bound effort from eight yards was well kept out by Bridgford goalkeeper Sam Clark. Three minutes later, confusion in between the visitors back line saw Kyle Fowkes presented with a good chance. But his poked effort was saved down low by Clark, who closed down the former Coalville man quickly.

Shortly later, on 14 minutes, West Bridgford opened the scoring. Positive play down the visitors right hand side saw the ball played into the box. A messy scramble, saw Will Daly presented with a chance, and he fired a left footed shot home from close range past Oliver Buchanan.

Sam Kee’s set pieces were causing the Bridgford defence havoc. Just six minutes before the break Kee’s corner was well met by the head of James Brooks but it was well blocked from point blank range.

On the stroke of half time, Ingles had a fantastic opportunity to equalise. Hammond was bought down cynically by Bridgford skipper Ricky Benwell, just outside the box. But the resulting free kick was poor from Connor Bennett who should’ve done a lot better.

The visitors went into the break with the lead. This was only the second time this season that they have had done that.

Ingles came out the block flying in the second half and were awarded a penalty just six minutes in. Rob Mulonga, making his first home appearance, was bought down by Nicholas Labbate inside the box. The talismanic Hammond stepped up and scored past Clark, who would be disappointed that he didn’t stop that one. This was the Ingles top scorers 10th goal this season.

On 62 minutes, Ingles had a glorious chance to take the lead. Kee’s whipped free kick caused a mix up in the Bridgford box. Goalkeeper Clark’s poor punch fell to Hammond. His effort was well saved by Clark and the rebound made its way to newly introduced sub Sean Woolley. But he blazed his left footed shot over the crossbar from just 12 yards out. .

Ingles pilled on the pressure late on as sub Lloyd Tapper’s cross was cleared out and it fell to Billy Blackshaw but his ambitious long range shot was well blocked by a resilient Bridgford defender.

The hosts couldn’t find a winner as it ended one a piece in a fairly even contest in Shepshed. Ingles have now claimed 23 points out of a possible 42 in the East Midlands Counties league. West Bridgford battled well to earn a deserved point but remain with only two wins from their first 16 games in all competitions.

Ingles captain James Brooks spoke after the match and he said: “So probably a fair result a draw in the end, but yeah poor from us really, we expected three points”.

Next up for Ingles is a trip to top of the table Selston on Saturday 10th November for a 3pm kick off .

Kieran King

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