Carlsberg SWPL Div 1 East Wednesday 19th September
If last night’s game had seen no goals and few chances, tonight’s outing was the complete opposite with a thrilling and energetic match from start to finish and plenty to keep the good sized crowd enthralled.
Two statistical facts were also evident tonight, the 3-3 scoreline is the highest score draw so far in the division this season and Bovey Tracey saw their’s, and the last in the division, perfect record go, although they remain unbeaten from their 8 league outings so far.
The hosts were the first out of the blocks as Dan Churchill opened the scoring from close range in the 11th minute and by the 20th minute Ashley Small had rammed home to make it 2-0 to the Vikings. The visitors however were back in the game in double quick time as first Charlie Johansen reduced the arrears in the 24th minute and barely a minute later they were awarded a penalty which Sean Finch duly scored from to make it 2-2.
From 0-2 down in the 23rd minute, Bovey Tracey found themselves 3-2 up by the 33rd minute as captain Shane Gill slotted low past the advancing home ‘keeper. It was then the turn of the hosts to get back to scoring when they were awarded a 44th minute penalty of their own which Ashley Small duly converted to make it 3-3 at the break.
The second half obviously didn’t have the scoring and the drama of leads established & lost, but it was still an action packed 45 minutes with both sides very much going for the win. Each side went mighty close, Bovey Tracey had a shot from distance that beat the keeper but came back off the foot of the post whilst the hosts, very late on, had Ashley Small squaring the ball across the face of the goal but nobody could get the final touch on the tempting ball.
The only gripe about the game I can have was the theatrical falling about by players on both sides and the totally unnecessary appeals for a free kick for the slightest of touches, the referee did well to keep 2 committed teams with 11 each on the pitch but the flow of yellow cards inevitably saw a player pick up a 2nd card and that fate fell on Liam Head when a pullback to stop a counter attack saw a 2nd yellow and a red card in stoppage time.
Take nothing away from that though, this was a cracking game and true entertainment with both teams contributing and both teams picking up a very well deserved point.
Starting Eleven: Dan Machin, Ash Mathews, Dan Churchill, Ben Clay, Matt Salter, Dan Clay, Dan Burwood, Chris Duchenski, Ash Small, Will Jenkins, Rob Knight.
Subs Used: Jack Hatswell, Ferenc Bodor, Martyn Hancock.
Report Taken From Peninsula Website