A battling 2nd half performance from town, saw them salvage a 2-2 drew against Ashby Ivanhoe Knights.
With pre-season out of the way, the sun shining and the Chairman booking the coach for May's Premier League Championship Trophy parade. Ellistown kicked off the new season at 3pm. At 3.01pm, the Chairman cancelled that coach as a fitter, more organised, Ashby Ivanhoe Knights took control of the game.
Ellistown just could not get going and a quiet bench looked on in frustration as passes went astray and our target men were frustrated by lack of ball.
It was all Ashby and only our shall not be beaten attitude with some last ditch defending ensured it took 37 mins for Ashby to finally get the goal they deserved when a flowing counter-attack allowed Sam Beck to slot home on 36 mins.
ET 0-1 AIK 36 mins
While we threaten with set pieces, it was Ashby who had more threat going forward and only a smart save by late call-up goalkeeper Warwick Miller stopped Ashby doubling the lead earlier then the 44 min when Jack Hoult slotted home from close range.
ET 0 -2 AIK 44 mins and HT
I suspect the players received a half time rollocking by the Manager, as they came flying out the blocks for the 2nd half and started to match Ashby pass for pass and win the midfield battles.
Ashby's cause was not helped by 2 sin bins that meant Ashby played 20 mins of the 2nd half with 10 men.
It was during the 1st sin bin that Ellistown got back into the game through Aaron Windram who on 55 mins poked home from inside the box.
ET 1-2 AIK 55 mins
Credit Ashby, they re-grouped and looked to contain Town who were exploiting the extra man with flying winger Callum York finding space on the wing and Jamone Nelson causing all sort of problems up-front.
Ashby looked dangerous on the break but town were controlling the game and on more than one occasion Sam Taylor in the Ashby goal made some great saves to keep the lead.
As the clock ticked over to 89 minutes, Town scored the equalising goal when Steve Jakovlevs with a rasping shot that gave Sam Taylor no chance.
ET 2-2 AIK 89 mins
Could either team nick a winner, the answer was no and it finished.
ET 2-2 FT
A classic game of 2 halves and I suspect Ashby will look back and say the sin binning cost us the game.
Town will look back and say our season started at 3.45pm.