Newsome Res 2 Netherton 2
AFTER losing out to Netherton on the opening game of the season, it was going to take a really good performance from home side Newsome to have any chance of taking points.
But a well-organised show saw them gain some sort of consolation in the return game.
Newsome got off to the ideal start.
With the match just five minutes old a cross was nodded home by Lee Townend forŠa perfect boost toŠthe home team’s confidence and they continued to dominate for the first 20 minutes.
But Netherton’s teenage strike force caused many problems and their midfield got more of a grip on the game – so it came as no surprise when they levelled the scores.
A low shot from just outside the area found the Newsome net to make it 1-1.
Newsome’s strike partnership of Hamlett and Simpson were left isolated and just before half time Netherton went 2-1 up when an unmarked man stabbed the ball home from just five yards.
Then Newsome’s player coach Nigel Lyons, in an unfamiliar centre half position, and well supported by Cosgrove, Simpson and Townend in midfield, began to dominate the game.
But despite all the possession Newsome were still losing until the 70th minute when they got a deserved equaliser.
A free kick 40 yards out was hit hard and low by Gareth Bradley.
The shot then took a cruel deflection and wrong-footed the keeper who could only stand there and watch it fly past him.
With 20 minutes remaining both teams pushed for a winner andŠcreated chances – the clearest being whenŠNewsome’s Nathan Simpson rounded the keeper but hit the post from an acute angle.