9th Dec, 2016

Earlswood Town lose out to Feckenham in Tuesday night thriller

Solihull Editorial 24th Aug, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

EARLSWOOD failed to capitalise on their first victory of the season after slipping to a 4-3 defeat away at Feckenham on Tuesday evening in what was a thrilling Midland League Division Two encounter.

Two goals in the final four minutes ensured that Earlswood picked up their first victory of the season at home to Continental Star on Saturday.

But despite playing out a goalless first half on Tuesday evening, Earlswood found themselves on the wrong end of a seven-goal scoring feast in the second 45 minutes.

It was Earlswood who created the first chance of the match when Mark O’Donnell saw his effort kicked off the goal line by a home defender.

At the other end Feckenham had a good chance but the home strikers’ shot was saved by Steve Cullen before Nicholas Cox was put through for Earlswood but his shot went high over the crossbar.

The hosts came closest to scoring when a long range effort hit the Earlswood cross bar while in the 23rd minute a Sam Smith cross was struck just wide of a post by Mark O’Donnell

The game sprung to life after the break and just four minutes after the re-start an Earlswood corner was headed home by defender Simon Quigley.

Both teams were creating chances but it was Feckenham who scored next from the penalty spot and that changed the match as the hosts scored another three goals in the space of ten minutes to take a commanding lead.

Earlswood manager Andy Struthers introduced Martin Campbell and Dwayne Boyce to give his side some fresh legs and the visitors slowly fought their way back into the game.

In the 71st minute Martin Campbell had a header saved by the home keeper before on 78 minutes O’Donnell scored from a pass from Campbell.

Nine minutes later Cox was brought down midway in the Feckenham half and O’Donnell stepped up to score a wonderful free kick.

Earlswood pressed for the equaliser in the last few minutes but the home defence held out well to take the points.