Mattersey 2 Vine Inn Athletic 2
24 April 2011 | Craig Holland
Mattersey went into this league fixture with several first team regulars absent and in the early stages this showed as the visitors looked to stamp their authority on the game.......
However, the first clear cut chance of the contest went to the home side as player/manager Chris Woodhead burst through and his fierce effort was tipped onto the post by Vine Inns goalkeeper Vincent Toulson.
Within moments, the visitors deservedly took the lead when a pinpoint pass from midfielder Scott Bland allowed Nicky Spires to get behind the Mattersey defence and slot the ball home.
Mattersey continued to dig deep and defended resolutely to reach the half time point without conceding a second goal. With two more Mattersey players having to leave at half time, their task was made that much harder but the hosts were at least able to replace them with two young substitutes.
The home side came out for the second half charged up and caught Vine Inn Athletic on the back foot. The pivotal point of the match came on the hour mark when Matterseys final substitute Matt Eggleton was introduced to the field. With his very first touch he controlled a Martin Woodhead through ball before coolly picking his spot in the bottom corner with Vines keeper routed to the spot.
It was now Matterseys time to take the ascendancy and when James Vernon was fouled in the box, Martin Woodhead stepped up and scored the resultant penalty.
The last quarter of the game belonged to Vine Inn Athletic and they thought they had equalised when Daryl Hewitt hit a terrific shot that was destined for the top corner. However Matterseys goalkeeper Craig Holland pulled off a fantastic one handed save to tip the ball just over the crossbar.
In the dying moments the visitors increased the pressure and Hewitt finally managed to beat Holland when he latched onto a long ball over the top and drilled the ball into the bottom corner.
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