Johnson's debut goal salvages a point
Two good headed goals, near misses at both ends, good goalkeeping, erratic finishing and commitment from both sides, made for a good contest with the outcome just about right.
Reds had to rely on a last gasp equaliser, though, with defender Stuart Johnson heading home in the final minute to salvage a point. What a time to score your first goal for the club!
The home side shaded the first half with Charnock Richard, on their first visit to Borough Park, probably the more comfortable on the ball after the break.
After squandering a couple of early chances, Reds were unlucky not to take the lead on the half hour mark. Lamin Chan went on a surging run culminating in a spectacular left foot volley which smashed against the crossbar. The ball rebounded to Jordan Ferguson but his follow-up shot was deflected for a corner, by an excellent Gareth Jones save.
Five minutes into the second half, the visitors opened the scoring. A superb diagonal ball from Stephen Mercer was met by Luke Gibson who headed home past the helpless Tom Fowler.
Fowler prevented them from doubling their advantage soon after when his outstretched arms caught Joseph Burton’s attempted lob.
It took the hosts a while to get back in contention and, when they did, Lee Jolly’s well struck shot didn’t cause Jones too many problems.
Jolly then sent an inviting cross towards the far post but Calum Henderson headed wide when it looked easier to score.
With time ticking away, Reds launched one last attack and their persistence was rewarded. Jolly provided the assist with another well flighted free kick and Johnson (inset) rose above everyone to head home the leveller.
The Reserves complete their fourteenth season in the Lancashire League with home and away games against Barnoldswick Town.