Sydenhams Football League (Wessex)
Saturday 16 February 2019
This was the classic “game of two halves” with some “well-chosen” words clearly being said in the home dressing room during the half-time interval.
Things started badly for Christchurch when Tom Cooper was injured in the third minute and had to be replaced by Dan Haynes. There was then little of consequence in the first half hour with barely a shot on target being registered by either side, despite some good approach work. Shaftesbury took the lead after 33 minutes when one of their players was left unmarked by the home defence and shot into the top corner of the net giving Max Frampton no chance. Shaftesbury increased their lead on the stroke of half-time when a corner on the left cleared the packed goalmouth and went to one of their players on the right, again unmarked, whose shot went past Max Frampton into the net to give the visitors a 2-0 lead at the break.
Christchurch showed more determination in the second half and, following a corner on the right, the ball was passed from Max Wilcock to LUCAS MURRAIN, who lobbed the ball over the Shaftesbury goalkeeper into the net to reduce the deficit. Midway through the second half, good interplay between Dan Haynes, Lucas Murrain and BILLY WALKER, led to the latter shooting wide of the visiting goalkeeper into the net to level the scores at 2-2. Free-kicks and corners taken by Ash Pope later in the half almost produced a victory for Christchurch, but a shot by Max Wilcock was collected by the Salisbury goalkeeper and Grant Cormack headed over the bar from a few yards out, leaving the scoreline 2-2 at the final whistle.
Christchurch – Frampton, Rogers, Cooper (Haynes D 3), Cormack, Wright, Swann, Pope, Walker, Murrain (Butler 74), Wilcock, Kirkham (Wildish 89). Unused subs – Bishop, Deem