Shortwood finally made their debut in the Southern League and if all the games are as good as this one the spectators at Meadowbank will be kept very happy. A fast flowing game served up a feast of entertainment and at the end a draw was the right result. John Evans summed it all up nicely: “I was encouraged by today and was pleased to get something out of the game and our spirit was superb! We are going to have to realise though that we will get punished a lot more for any mistakes we make!” Jake Parrott was named as man of the match but there were signs of encouragement everywhere.
Wimborne certainly made the brighter start and King made an early save to deny Smith and Bryan flashed an early header just wide. Wood came to terms with the pace of the game and started to enjoy more possession and Martin had a shot deflected wide before Parrott forced Ackerman into a fine save as he tipped a curling shot round the post. As Wood turned on the pressure Haddock headed wide and Singh chased down a back pass robbed the keeper but Cole did well to clear the ball off the line. Back came Wimborne again and put the Wood defence under pressure but the defence held firm although Hubbard curled a free kick narrowly wide before the break.
If the first half was entertaining the second half was even better!
After 49 minutes Wood fell behind to the softest of goals. A long clearance from Ackerman somehow eluded everyone and fell to Davidson in acres of space and his chip over King from the edge of the area was precise. Although Singh tested Ackerman with a drive Wimborne had the upper hand and Blake had a shot well saved by King and they had a couple of other shots off target. Suddenly, however, Shortwood were level. Parrott’s cross found Ashley Thomas
climbing high and his header went in off the underside of the bar. Undeterred Wimborne turned up the heat again and King saved from Smith and Webb missed badly from 12 yards.
Shortwood continued to look dangerous as well and Langworthy raced through and his chip was goal bound but somehow Ackerman clawed the ball away - a fine save.
The game flew from end to end as both sides tore into each other and for Wood Parrott had a shot cleared off the line and Pritchett had a goal bound effort blocked.
After 89 minutes Gullick was harshly penalised and Wood were caught by a quick free kick. When the low cross came in Bryan was fasted to react and slid the ball home from six yards. Wimborne rightly celebrated but in the very next minute Parrott set Singh free with a perfect through ball and Singh ran through and finished coolly.
When the final whistle blew both sides were warmly applauded from the field by appreciative supporters from both sides.
Team: King, Coates, Axton, Pritchett, Thomas, Martin (Gullick 55), Meredith L (Cant 85), Parrott, Singh, Bennett (Langworthy 61), Haddock: