Team Dudley Comeback
By Simon King
Strong finish after slow start!
Team Dudley entered this fixture in high spirits having won their previous two matches, but were soon brought back down to earth after a poor start. Allscott had already shown us their intentions with a long throw in to the box early on but after seven minutes, the second long throw in produced an easy nod in for Allscott, just four yards out. Having not heeded the warning, we were shell shocked to go 1-0 down. Things didn't improve on 16 minutes. Our attacking play was intercepted on the edge of the Allscott box and within two passes, they were away down the right hand side. Marc Lawrence went to ground to easily in defence, allowing the Allscott forward an easy run into the box. A square pass to the penalty spot saw the ball swept home for a two nil Allscott lead.
The upside was that we had plenty of time to get back into the game and with Nathan Jones causing havoc down the left hand side. we were always in the game. Two good opportunities to reduce the deficit we were wasted by Bradley Cox. First up, he robbed a defender on the edge of the box, but when a cool head was needed, he fired a 15 yard shot well wide with only the keeper to beat. Then after good work by Hill in the inside right position, Cox found himself one on one with the keeper once more but could only hit a shot straight at the stopper. Allscott played a high intensity pressing game which disrupted a lot of our play but we still created chances. Vlad curled a shot straight at the keeper and Jones wasted a good chance when well positioned before Tyrone Clarke got us back into the game. A mix up in the box from the opposition and the referee who refused to give a foul against Ty, saw the ball fall to the in form striker who stroked home a shot into the bottom left corner.
Half Time: TDFC 1-2 Allscott
Allscott continued to press us but I always felt we could catch them out and proved the case early on in the second half. Jack Bailey, who had replaced the injured Vlad Lungu, combined well with Tyrone Clarke in the box and when the ball fell to Nathan Jones after a scramble, the wide out made no mistake firing in from six yards. After drawing level, the game could have gone either way with both teams gunning for victory. Alex Pinches hit the keeper when put through on goal and Jack Bailey dragged wide when well positioned. At the other end Josh Rogers made two smart saves. One shot from fully thirty yards was tipped over by the 19 year old and another shot on the angle was blocked when the Allscott player was bearing down on goal. We had two good efforts from free kicks as time wore down. Alex Pinches found the keeper with a good effort while Jay Hill fired just over with a stinging effort.
The game ended in an admirable draw, with neither side deserving to lose but both sides disappointed not to win it. Honours even and the result extends our league form to three unbeaten. After the positive pre-season we had, the players are building on the mentality of not losing games and that bodes well for the rest of this season.