Football is back, how long for no-one knows. For Ellistown, they will be kicking themselves as they let a 2-0 lead slip in the last 20 mins against an Ashby Ivanhoe Knights side who to their credit, never gave up and some may say deserved a share of the points.
A new look Ellistown FC looking to take a fine pre-season into the league campaign had the best possible start when Josn Anderson slotted home after 30 secs.
AIK 0-1 EFC 30 secs
With Ellistown looking dangerous on the break they were content to soak up Ashby pressure and with a N'Golo Kante man of match performance from Ollie Coe in midfield we had everything under control. This was Jose Mourinho football at it's best.
Ellistown doubled the lead on 25 mins when a swift move from back to front saw Josh Anderson beat 2 men and curl a beauty in from 20 yards. Take a bow son.
AIK 0-2 EFC 25 mins
Ellistown were now in control but could not get the 3rd goal that would have killed the game and while Ashby provided some nervous moments at the back, Keenan Tailby was rarely troubled.
Half-time came with Ellistown in control.
AIK 0-2 EFC HT
The 2nd half followed the same pattern as the first with the exception that Ashby turned it up a notch and with nothing to lose, threw everything at Ellistown. For 25 minutes, Ellistown stood firm and through River Hardy, Kai Smalley, Aaron Windram and Callum Yorke allways had an out ball for Josh Anderson to feed on.
Then on 70 minutes, we stopped playing the game and moved into relaxation mode thinking the game was won. Thats ok when your winning 6-0 with 20 minutes to go but not against a dangerous Ashby side who were getting closer to the goal that would get them back in the game.
The goal that changed the game came on 75 minuted through a Sam Harkin penalty.
AIK 1-2 EFC 75 mins
Shell shocked from conceded turned into full scale horror 2 minutes later when old boy Nathan Mcallister powered in the equaliser from a Sam Harkin free-kick.
AIK 2-2 EFC 77 mins
We could not hit the restart button and Ashby had us on the ropes and superb defending from Ash Riddell, Dec Grewcock, Ben Worrell and Chris Nettel ensured we were not breached again. While the fresh legs of Owen Brader and Gio Stylianou run out of time just as they were causing the Ashby backline problems.
The final whistle went with both teams knowing they had entertained the 160+ crowd and a 2-2 draw was a fair result.
Ellistown would have learnt valuable lessons tonight in that you have to stick to the game plan for 90 mins and not 70. It was clear from being in the dressing room post game that players were frustrated. It's going to be a hard season as early results suggest teams are evenly matched, tonight game proving the point but Ellistown know we have the team to be competing at the top.