Skem show spirit to fight back
SKELMERSDALE United proved anyone who has any doubts about spirit wrong when they fought back from 2-0 down and 3-2 to earn a well deserved point.
Manager Alan Rogers said in his post match interview that he was unhappy with his side’s first-half performance, but also gave his players credit for the way they struck back after the interval to quickly make it 2-2, then being caught on the counterattack and going 3-2 down, before finally justice prevailed and they grabbed an injury time equaliser.
Rogers said: “This morning we only had ten men, a player couldn’t play at the last minute and I had persuade a couple of players to miss work to play”.
As it was Skelmersdale only had one substitute on the day.
Skelmersdale were caught cold for the opening goal in the fifth minute. A fairly innocuous ball was played down the right by Kyle Bryant, Marcus Marshall turned Max Allen then left him for pace, his low shot beat goalkeeper Joe Hilton and was going into the net, Josh Dobie desperately tried to intervene on the line and was rather harshly given by the announcer as the own goal scorer.
When Coalville made it 2-0 on 28 minutes it wasn’t shocking, but the Skem defending certainly was. The ball was rolled out by Hilton and instead of booting the ball long, a series of short passes succeeded only in dangerously giving the ball away. Watson pounced and played the ball to Malachai Lavelle-Moore, he was allowed too much room and after switching the ball from right to left foot fired a storming shot past Hilton from 15 yards.
When Hilton beat away a Rory Coleman shot on 43 minutes, it was plain to see why Rogers said he had given his side a broadside during the interval.
Within seconds of the restart Steve Irwin went close to an excellent cross from Jason Jefferies, then on 48 minutes Skelmersdale pulled one back.
Coalville were a bit lacklustre in their response to Allen’s free-kick and after a poor headed clearance Bevan Burey drilled a shot low inside the post.
Two minutes later out on the right, Remy Howarth and Jefferies exchanged passes and the latter crossed deep into goalmouth, Irwin who is only about 5 foot eight, ran in between two defenders and launched a flying header into the net.
A long ball from Bryant was missed by two defenders leaving Watson one on one with Hilton, he rounded the keeper and slotted home from an acute angle.
Three minutes into added time, Phil Mooney went on a surging run and played the ball wide to Howarth while he kept on running himself, Howarth’s cross to far post was headed down by Michael Vaughan-Muscat and home goalkeeper could only parry the ball away, Mooney’s run carried him into the six yard box and he beat Cotton from about four yards to tie the game up.