Elmore v Newton Abbot Spurs
By Steven Rice
Elmore grab late equaliser.
A lovely sunny day at Horsdon Park as we welcomed Newton Abbot Spurs for our latest league fixture.
With a change of formation and a change for us to try and last weeks disappointing display behind us, we were hopeful of something better for the Elmore faithful.
The game started well enough against a fairly youthful Spurs side, and it wasn’t long before we started to create good chances, but we just couldn’t convert as usual.
Barrett in goal was a relative spectator for most of the first half, as we kept knocking on the door, but with no end product.
Then on 34 minutes, Spurs had their first attack on goal, and a fairly week shot couldn’t be kept out by Barrett, as he dived to his left for an easy save, but lost his footing in the sandy goalmouth and couldn’t quite get enough of his finger tips on the ball.
First blood to the visitors, and again a goal seemed to affect us as our tempo dipped slightly, and Spurs started to grow into the game, but no more goals could be added before half time.
The 2nd half started again with us on the front foot straight away, and with Jordan Bastin
driving around the full back and centre half to deliver a low cross into the area, and with the initial shot saved Harry Butler
was on hand to follow in and fire home, 1-1 and hopefully the kickstart we needed.
Alas this wasn’t to last long, as within minutes and some fairly poor closing down saw a superb strike from Spurs to find the net and retake the lead, 51 minutes and 2-1 to the visitors.
The ebbed and flowed, but it was spurs who took more control of the game as we were again wasteful in possession and seemed to lack any drive or movement going forward to create any kind of threat.
But on 69 minutes we were awarded a free kick in the edge of their box, which Bastin stepped up to take. A solid strike took a slight deflection but couldn’t be stopped by the visitors keeper, scores levelled again and hopefully a chance to build.
But as with our first goal, a long punt clear after the kick off saw the Spurs striker our defence napping, and a foul by Matthews just inside our area was awarded as a penalty. This was calmly taken as the ball was chipped down the middle of the goal as a diving Barrett had no chance of stopping it. 70 minutes and again spurs take the lead 3-2.
We looked as though we had know answer for the next 10 minutes as simple possession and creativity seemed to have left us, but we hadn’t thrown in the towel.
Tom Tricker coming on added a glimps of some early season quality, picking out some good passes, and with the youth of Lucas White
and Harry Butler
down each wing there was always the glimmer we may pull something out of the bag.
The last 10 or so minutes saw us finally step up a notch with our pressing and tempo, and as we started to get a bit more belief back we started causing a few more problems for their defence.
Time was ticking by, but after several injury delays and chats by the ref for fouls, injury time was up upon us.
A high ball forward saw Bastin compete with their centre half as it dropped, and as he outmuscled him and turned to drive goalwards, the attempt from the Spurs defence to close down the shot from just inside the box saw Bastin calmly stop the ball and place it past their defender and keeper into the far corner for the equaliser.
3-3 in injury time, and well timed as that was pretty much the last kick of the game as it dinished honours even.
Well done to The Spurs who seemed to have turned a corner under their new management with some good young players, and we need ourselves to look forward and improve our own intensity levels and improve possession if we still want to finish in the top 5 of the league.
We have a chance to go again this Wednesday evening 3rd April, as we host Liverton at home, 7.30 kick off so please come down and show your support for the club...