Senior News

Draw at Esh

Posted on 1st February 2018

When your fighting near the bottom of the table sometimes if feels like the only luck you have is bad luck and last nights revolved around a goalkeeping crisis. Due to a combination of food poisioning and work commitments we were without a recognised goalkeeper for the game. Into the void stepped manager Steve Skinner who's versatility knows no bounds.

With Brandon controlling most of the first half Skinner was never really troubled until Esh won a penalty. The stand in goalkeeper never stood a chance with what was a well struck penalty. Brandon therefore went in at half time one down having not taken advantage of their superior play. A missed header from Niall Fingleton which nine times out of ten he would score was most noteworthy as he would come to redeem himself later.

Early in the second half Esh got a second, when by general concensus, their forward was the proverbial "mile offside" Even so one on one Skinner partially blocked the shot only to see it loop over him and into the net.

To Brandons credit they never gave up and finally got one back when the aforementioned Fingleton soared to header the ball into the top corner of the net. Brandon were now in the ascendency and pushing for an equaliser.

On the break Esh Winning created a great chance and the shot which was heading for the bottom corner was fantastically saved by Steve Skinner to keep Brandon in the game.Having scored a 30 yarder against Tow Law the question was asked, could the same player make both the save of the season and score the goal of the season?

With just a couple of minutes left, Jordan Lee pouced on a slip by the Esh fullback (or from an Esh perspective a nudge in the back of the fullback) to cross the ball for Niall Fingeton to score the much deserved equaliser.

To come away with a point having been 2-0 down and without a recognised goalkeeper was a testiment to the team spirit and fighting spirit of the group as a hole.