September 26th, 2016

Relegated Earlswood Town end disappointing season with a draw

Updated: 5:59 pm, May 11, 2016

A DISAPPOINTING season ended with relegated Earlswood Town drawing with fellow Midland Division Two strugglers Feckenham 1-1 at Malt House Lane on Saturday.

Despite picking up form towards the end of the season, Earlswood left it too late to survive and finished bottom of the pile with just 13 points to their name.

The game turned out to be a very even affair with some exiting football being played and it was the visitors who started off the stronger.

On seven minutes Daniel Rushe in the Earlswood goal had to be alert to deal with a dangerous corner while at the other end Joe Casley was put through by Lewis James but he shot wide on the home side’s first attack.

James was put through on goal on 27 minutes but his effort sailed over the bar and Casley saw an effort well saved by the visiting goalkeeper.

Shortly after the half-hour mark Earlswood went ahead when Matt Green was put clean through by Jamie Corrigan and he shot past the advancing goalkeeper into the back of the net.

Four minutes later Feckenham went just wide with a header but as Earlswood took control towards the end of the half, Casley should have scored with the goal at his mercy but he put his shot wide of the target.

The hosts picked up where they left off after the break but they wasted chances to double their advantage with Corrigan heading wide when he should have done better.

Earlswood thought they had scored again but the goal was ruled out because of a foul on the goalkeeper before on 74 minutes Russell Moyle delivered an excellent ball into the area but nobody could add the all important touch.

The visitors made them pay by scoring an equaliser eight minutes from time when James Gifford beat Rushe with a shot from the edge of the area.

Both teams had chances to win the game after this but it petered out into a 1-1 draw which was probably a fair result.

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