Percy Main 0 New Fordley 0
Certainly not a classic.....
There's normally never a dull moment one way or another in games involving Percy Main Amateurs, with goals galore at either end from either the first or last minute, but the latest encounter ended in the side's first stalemate of the current campaign and their first league game to have ended 0-0 since August 30th 2014, when the same scoreline ended The Main's winning start to their Northern Alliance First division season which ultimately ended in the league championship and promotion.
That season had seen Percy Main post a league double over New Fordley with a 6-0 win at Purvis Park, when Adam Green had been among the goal scorers and it was Green who had probably The Main's best and only chance this time around, while May 2015, saw a 1-0 end of season success, celebrated at the opposition's Dudley base
This time around, there was no such excitement in a game which saw few clear cut goalscoring opportunities at either end, as neither Shaun Backhouse in the home goal, nor his opposite number Liam Dodds were unduly troubled during the course of the afternoon. In fact, there was a brief stoppage during the second half as a small brown dog took to the field and one wag remarked that he was more likely to get himself on the scoresheet, than those representing either side.
There were a fair smattering of ex Main men among the Fordley ranks, one being that midfield general from the 'Percy Warriors' era, Dean Ellis who served the club with distinction, making nearly 100 appearances for the Purvis Park side and despite his alleged aches and pains and stiffness, had a sterling game in his side's engine room, which included an overhead shot at goal during the second half.
Percy Main could muster only one shot on target during the opening 45 minutes, that came as Adam Green fired a low effort from 20 yards, which was easily dealt with by Dodds, while at the other end Jordan Watson tested Backhouse with a similar effort and then fired just over. The closest either side came to a goal came midway through the half as Fordley's Jordan Wilson rose to head Kieran Pyle's corner just past the post.
After the interval, Backhouse did well to hang onto Michael Fenwick's deep right wing cross, but The Main's best chance of the game came on the hour mark as Kieran Tubman, the pick of the home side, threaded the ball through to Green who outwitted his marker, but left with just the goalkeeper to beat, Dodds raced from his line and blocked with his legs.
Percy Main survived loud penalty appeals soon after as Alex Henderson's corner appeared to strike the hand of Tubman, but the well placed referee was having none of it and Fordley's Andrew Waugh sent a glancing header just wide, while in reply Dodds kicked clear from the onrushing James Leggett, on as a second half substitute in a forward role.
Probably a game that neither side deserved to lose, or win for that matter.....lo