First Team Salvage A Point
Wantage Held By Longlevens
Wantage will be kicking themselves after they missed the opportunity to put pressure on those around them by only managing a 1-1 draw on a wet Tuesday evening at Alfredian park.
Longlevens were the visitors who had arrived on a back of a 2-1 defeat to Wootton Bassett on Saturday.
Frustratingly, Wantage again made a slow start. ‘Levens adapted to the slick conditions by repeatedly testing both full backs out with balls over the top and squeezing high. Wantage just didn’t get going and resorted to similar tactics, only to give the two strong ‘Levens centre halves the opportunity to win header after header. ‘Levens no. 10 Myron Turner was proving a thorn in the side and opened the scoring just before the half hour.
A cross from the left was only partially cleared by Brad Cox, falling to Turner. A decent first touch, second out of his body and a left footed effort from 20 yards that went in off the right hand post giving Curtis Meare no chance. ‘Levens continued the first half on top and Meare was called into action to save with his feet again from Turner just before the half was out.
Wantage going down the slope in the second half upped their game, if only slightly, and continually put pressure on the resolute ‘Levens defence. A lot of huff and puff but no real opportunities were created.
It took until the 76th minute to equalise, Mark Flanagan working well with Jack Powell down the left before crossing the ball into the box. Jack Dunmall couldn’t get anything on it, but fellow striker Steve Robertson got a clever touch to get it beyond both ‘Levens centre halves and it fell to Jim Glover to steady himself and place the ball in the bottom corner from six yards out.
The final 15 was consistent Wantage pressure but again they struggled to create chances. The best opportunity in added time with a free kick 20 yards out. Dunmall stepped up but the tame effort hit the wall.
A draw was probably a fair result, both teams dominating a half each. Having been on such a run it’s difficult to criticise Wantage, but they must start games better. A very stern test awaits on Saturday with the visit on Melksham Town in the FA Vase. Manager Ben Sadler will be hoping for a much improved performance.
Wantage: Curtis Meare, Dan Comer, Mark Flanagan, Ben Willoughby, Chris Jackson, Brad Cox, Ryan Markham (Mark Threlfall 70), Jim Glover, Steve Robertson, Jack Dunmall, Jack Powell. Subs n/u: Paul Alder, Jack Heap, Joe Wood.