Draw At Newcastle Town Feels Like 2 Points Lost Rather Than 1 Gained
Lack Of Goals Continue To Thwart MDTFC
Given the current League positions of the two teams this was a game both sides needed to win, but were also determined not to lose.
With Romulus, Gresley and also Sheffield FC not in League action, plus Peterborough Sports playing high flying Frickley Athletic, this was a golden opportunity for us to pull away from the foot of the League Table.
Peterborough Sports obviously did not read the MDTFC script when they recorded an excellent 3-2 Home victory in their game versus Frickley Athletic, the latter having inflicted a 8-0 defeat of MDTFC the previous weekend.
The MDTFC team selection saw stalwart Paul McMullen returning to the centre of defence and Simon Gregory moving to the left hand side of the defensive line up; the other major change saw Jeff Watkins donning the number 9 shirt alongside Jud Ellis.
The game versus was 'scrappy' with neither team being able to stamp their authority on the game; there was also a fair bit of 'heading tennis' going on.
When both teams did find their way to goal they found both goalkeepers in excellent form - the positive for MDTFC was indeed the performance of Mate Deczki who played with great confidence and made some vital saves to keep Drayton in the game.
What scoring chances MDTFC had in the first half were either squandered or dealt with by the Newcastle keeper.
Newcastle's left side players Ricky Bridge (3) and Alex Morris (11) were causing a few problems down the right hand side of the MDTFC defence
Just before half time Paul McMullen was adjudged to have committed a foul on the edge of the MDTFC penalty area and as a result collected a 'yellow' card ( a bit of a mystery decision that one).
From the resulting free kick Mate Deczki pulled off a first class save.
Early in the second half Benno received a 'yellow' card following a clumsy tackle - the decision seemed a tad harsh given that the offence was in no way near any area of danger.
Shortly afterwards Connor Russor was blatantly 'hacked' down - should have been a yellow card but no - the referee showed a touch of inconsistency on this one; compounded by the fact that shortly afterwards Simon Gregory also picked up a yellow card.
The latter part of the game saw Andre James replace Jeff Watkins; following this substitution MDTFC showed a lot more movement and purpose and as a result started to stretch the Newcastle defence.
Simon Gregory joined in the attacking pressure trying the spectacular with an overhead scissors kick, which unfortunately went wide of the target.
Late in the game Newcastle's Sam Bradbury received a yellow card.
Dan Beddows rescued the point for MDTFC when he made a vital clearance with the seconds ticking away on the clock.
Generally we have lost the ability to convert chances into goals, having scored only 26 League goals - the lowest total in the Division; 5 of these being scored in the Home Fixture versus.............................Newcastle Town.
Placings at the bottom of the League Table now stand as follows:
- 19th - MDTFC - Played 28 - Points 27
- 20th - Romulus - Played 30 - Points 26
- 21st - Sheffield FC - Played 27 - Points 25
- 22nd - Gresley - Played 25 - Points 24
Deczke, Tindall- Bennett, Gregory, Campbell, McMullen, Hartlebury, Russo, Beddows, Watkins, Ellis, Cuff.
Subs: James, McFarlane, Lowe