FOOTBALL - Knowle snatch late draw in season opener - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Knowle snatch late draw in season opener

Solihull Editorial 8th Aug, 2022   0

LEWIS Clarke scored a dramatic injury-time equaliser to snatch a point for Knowle in their season opener away at Redditch Borough.

The Robins were wasteful in front of goal before Clarke popped up at the death to secure a deserved point for Clive Seeley’s side at Redditch Borough Community Sports and Social Club in Midland Football League Division Two.

And the visitors were denied the opening goal after George Seeley raced through to score with ease only for a dubious decision to see Charlie Morris flagged for offside despite being inactive and retreating from the ball.

Knowle could have had the match sewn up inside the first half-hour only for some wayward finishing to keep the game scoreless.

Jack Mullen, Seeley and Reece Hewitt all squandered chances to break the deadlock and were almost made to pay when Borough put a free header wide and missed a gilt-edged opening just before half time.

The Robins failed to convert any of their nine first-half shots on goal, having also had Seeley’s effort controversially ruled out and another goal chalked off for handball.

And Knowle had their third goal disallowed, this time for offside, having started the second period on top.

However, Redditch took the lead when Brooklyn Smith tapped home from close range following a melee inside the Knowle penalty area with the Robins unable to clear from a corner.

Knowle survived some Borough pressure after the goal before regaining their composure in their search for an equaliser.

And the leveller arrived two minutes into injury time when Clarke turned the ball home at the back post from Owen Ward’s powerful header across the box to send the Knowle bench and supporters delirious.

Knowle are next in action at home to Bolehall Swifts on Saturday, August 13 with kick-off at 3pm at The Robins Nest.

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