FOOTBALL - Earls held to goalless draw by Redditch Borough - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Earls held to goalless draw by Redditch Borough

Solihull Editorial 21st Sep, 2022   0

EARLSWOOD Town were held to a goalless at home to Redditch Borough as their unbeaten run stretched to six matches.

Both sides were made to rue missed chances in a scrappy affair as the Earls were unable to maintain their 100 per cent record at The Pavilions.

The result means Earlswood sit sixth in the Midland Football League Division Two having lost just one of their opening seven matches.

Earls striker Tom Kinsey saw an early shot comfortably saved by Borough goalkeeper Josh Thompson before Adam Watson hit the side netting at the other end.

And Watson then spurned a gilt edged chance to give Redditch the lead when he shot straight at Earls goalkeeper Ally Lewis when well-placed to score.

The home side responded and went straight up the other end where Kinsey played in strike partner Andy Matthews who saw his effort saved.

Borough’s Watson then squandered a third chance when his shot was bravely blocked by player-manager Tom Reynolds.

And Redditch were fortunate not to be reduced to 10-men when Borough striker Billy Garvey appeared to kick out at defender Reece Rawlings off the ball.

Garvey then deliberately handled the ball in the Earlswood box, having already been booked, only for the referee to take no action against the striker who was immediately hauled off before half time.

A raft of substitutions and a change of shape turned the game in the Earls favour as Harry Street’s shot across goal was saved and spilled by Thompson who grabbed the ball at the second attempt.

Archie Spittle-McGuire, Dan Smith and James Wright all shot wide before the final chance fell to Joel Hughes in the final few minutes only for the substitute to drag his shot wide when one-on-one.

Earlswood are next in action against tenants Barnt Green Spartak on Saturday, September 24 with kick-off at 3pm at The Pavilions.


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