Lights out not such bad thing

Egham News - - FOOTBALL -

Ryman Di­vi­sion 1 South Walton Ca­su­als 1 Herne Bay 2 (aban­doned after 84 min­utes, flood­light fail­ure) A MIXED bless­ing was how this aban­don­ment could be de­scribed from Liam Collin’s view­point.

The Stags boss reck­oned his team may have got some­thing out of this game had the lights not gone out but with his men trail­ing, he was happy to ac­cept a re-match. “If I was them I’d be fum­ing to be hon­est,” ad­mit­ted Collins. “But we were camped in their half as they were down to 10 men and I think we could have snatched a point even though tak­ing all three would have been a big ask.”

In Collin’s words, Ca­su­als were woe­ful and although they had done ev­ery­thing right in re­cent games, it all went wrong here. “We didn’t win the first ball, didn’t get near the sec­ond ball, didn’t shut down and we showed slack mark­ing for their first goal,” he added.

In fact the hosts were 2-0 down in 12 min­utes through Sam Hasler and Ben Brown and the half got worse for the hosts who lost Akin Abi­ola-Daramola and Billy Dunn through in­jury.

Dunn’s re­place­ment Scott Day made an im­me­di­ate im­pact a minute after com­ing on though, cut­ting in from the left as half time ap­proached to set up Luke Med­ley who curled in a beauty from the edge of the box.

Herne Bay were re­duced to 10 men five min­utes after half time when striker Dan Parkin­son re­ceived a sec­ond yel­low card for kick­ing the ball away.

The vis­i­tors tired after that and Collins was hope­ful his men – with Gabriel Odunaike back in the line-up – would snatch a re­sult, be­fore fate in­ter­vened late on.

Lewis Dar­ling

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