Mixed Emotions as TD Score Injury Time Equaliser
By Simon King
Teenager scores his first senior goal to ensure TD share the points
A number of changes were made as TD went into the game for a second week running playing in a 1st v 2nd contest. Edwards (illness), Blagrove and top scorer Clarke (wedding duties) meant that new signings Daniel Hadley
& Liam Smith
came straight into the side with Brad Cox (19) returning from injury and seventeen year olds Carrick Chaney
& James Fletcher
making up a very young bench.
A cagey first half with few opportunities, probably the best falling to TD with Nathan Jones
doing well on the left on two occasions and also James Hill
having one blocked on the line with a tremendous block by the Droitwich defender. Young Dan Hadley looked impressive alongside Ben Mantom
whilst Liam Smith
added organisation and leadership to the back line.
Vlad Lungu and Nathan Jones
attacked with pace and trickery causing the high energy fullbacks of Droitwich real problems. Daniel Harvey
who turned 18 on the day marshalled the number 10 superbly whilst Preston Green and Alex Smith
passed the ball with quality and thwarted any midfield attacks.
0-0 at half time
The TD boys started well in the second half and were in control of the game and looked the more likely to get the breakthrough against a well organised Droitwich. Vlad Lungu was tearing the left full back apart but was taken out of the game with a nasty tackle that saw him carried off and only a yellow card issued. Carrick Chaney
replaced the Romanian wizard and showed pace, power and bravery of his own to keep the lads on the attack. TD hit the woodwork twice more as Droitwich defended for their lives. At the other end teenage shot stopper Aaron Sharpe had little to do and will fell aggrieved when he tipped a good strike onto the bar. The Droitwich wide man followed up well to put the ball past the valiant attempt of Marc Lawrence
to block it. Somehow we found ourselves 1-0 down.
Fletcher and Cox joined the action as a reshuffle saw Hill drop to his more familiar midfield role. The change worked as Mills men kept pushing for the equalizer. In the 92nd minute a cross was flicked on by Liam Smith
before the teenage striker struck a perfect half volley to spark wild celebrations for a more than deserved goal and share of the points.
A terrific team performance with some excellent individual performances.