Skipper leaves it late at the Abbey

A late headed equaliser from skipper Adam Baigent extended our unbeaten run, in the league, to 4 games.

In truth it wasn’t the best of games. Our hosts played a high intensity game and, whilst our boys matched the tempo, it meant that there wasn’t a lot of time for anybody to put their foot on the ball and didn’t allow much in the way of quality football.

Terry Buss made a return in goal for us but he wasn’t able to do much about the opening goal on the half hour mark. An Abbey attack lead to the ball bouncing about in our area. After a couple of blocks the ball finally fell to Hartlebury who finished from 5 yards out to give our hosts a lead that they took into the break.

In an effort to create more chances Rufus replaced Mick Vincent with Ross Cheetham but, with the game still being played at a frenetic pace, chances were still few and far between for either side. With 30 to go the Boss then brought on Levi King for Jack Buckle and we finally started to apply some pressure. Our hosts were proving to be very resolute however, protecting their goal with some good old fashioned defending, and allowing us very few clear chances.

Just as our sizable travelling support were beginning to give up hope Steve Loveridge swung a ball into the area and the skipper met it with a very nice header to give the Rangers keeper no chance. With only a couple of minutes to go we had left it late but we will take the point after what proved to be a difficult fixture.

We have another difficult fixture Tuesday evening when we travel to Hampton & Richmond to take on “The Beavers” in the semi-final of the Middlesex Senior Cup. It’s a big ask of our boys but it should be a good evening. 7.45 kick off, admission £7 and £4 concessions. You support will be, as ever, most welcome.