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Ellistown FC v Friar Lane & Epworth

Ellistown FC v Friar Lane & Epworth

By Andrew Grout
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Late drama secures a point for Town


Friar Lane & Epworth will be kicking themselves as a last second defensive blunder allowed top scorer Haydn Brown to score an equaliser that for Town in a match where it's a point won rather than 3 lost.

On a crisp day and heavy pitch that is showing the strain of playing weekly home games, it was Friar Lane who started stronger and deservedly took the lead on 15 mins through Giuseppe Giliberti smart shot.

EFC 0-1 FL&E 15 mins

Town were continuing their frustrating form from last week's game v Hathern, as they could not get going and had to battle hard to stay in the game.

Chances were at a premium and you could see the frustration on both the pitch and in the dug-out. Credit to the lads, they did battle to stay in the game and went in at half-time 1-0 down. Not the best half of football we have seen this season.

EFC 0-1 FL&E HT

Suspect the lads had a strong half-time team talk as they started the 2nd half in a more determined fashion and while not creating the chances we needed, we were slowly suffocating a Friar Lane side who had looked must likely to score.

Next goal was crucial and when in need, you turn to your star centre forward Josh Anderson who duly obliged on 75 mins when he headed home a superb Jacob Stevenson cross.

EFC 1-1 FL&E

With our tails up, we went for the win and started to threaten through the wing play from Jacob Stevenson who was putting in some great crosses.

Therefore, it was disappointing that Friar Lane took the lead with 5 mins to go through Curtis Wheat who danced around Keenan Taliby to make it.

EFC 1-2 FL&E 85 mins

With the game won, Friar Lane were content to see the game out but on full-time a melee near the Friar Lane Penalty box that had more peacekeepers than players shoving and name calling that was more kids playground then a football pitch, saw multiple bookings and sin bins. When things settled down, Friar Lane restarted play and played a loose ball across their penalty box and Haydn Brown said thank you very much to grab the equaliser.

EFC 2-2 FL&E 90 mins.

The game finished with Town happy with a point and Friar Lane thinking what could have been.

Summary

Town deserved the point for not giving up and a sign of a good team is when you're not playing well, is the ability to pull out a result.

We did that today and look forward to Northfields away on Tuesday in the cup then a trip to title chasers Allexton & New Parks

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Match details

Match date

Sat 13, Nov 2021

Kickoff

14:00

Attendance

25

Competition

Everards Brewery Premier Division

League position

9
Ellistown FC
11
Friar Lane & Epworth FC