This game had village v village, mate v mate and brother v brother and super fan Joanne Wade-Jones hoping for an Ellistown\Barlestone win.
Brother v Brother lasted 20 minutes when Joe Mcloughlin was subbed with a nasty looking rib injury. We wish him well.
In a disjointed first half where no team dominated, it was disappointing Nathan Tomlinson could not finish when presented with one on one chance by a great Jake Mcloughlin through ball. For Nathan this was a frustrating game where he had a hat-trick of presentable chances to be the hero that his attacking play deserved.
BSG 0-0 EFC
Things improved in the 2nd half, as Ellistown began to dominate and Joanne Wade-Jones became an Ellistown fan. Our domination was rewarded on 60 mins when Jake Mcloughlin fired home from 20 yards after some great wing play and cross from Callum York.
BSG 0-1 EFC 60 mins
All town had to do was to continue suffocating Barlestone and take one of the chances that were coming our way to get the away win.
Our task was made harder on 70 mins when Jake Mcloughlin received his 2nd yellow for not backing out of a 50\50 tussle. A tough card to take but with a ref assessor in the crowd, the Ref had to apply the letter of the law.
With man of match Arron Windram moving into defence, we continued to frustrate the home side and should have wrapped the game up as chances for Callum York and Nathan Tomlinson came and went.
George Hicking had Joanne Wade-Jones running back to the Barlestone crowd as a smart finish on 82 minutes evened up the score.
BSG 1-1 EFC 82 mins
Ellistown went into defence mode as we protected the point and rode our luck as Barlestone threw everything at us.
Credit to the 10 players we managed to hold out and should have won the game in the final minute.
On reflection, Ellistown will be disappointed not to win but happy with the point. This was a local derby between two sides that respected each other and another tick for town who worked hard to preserve that point.
We go into a run of home games in good shape and looking upwards and not downwards.
It was good to see Joanne Wade-Jones supporting both sides but Joanne, will you support Ellistown next week at home to County Hall.