Stan re­fuses to rest on lau­rels

Surrey Herald/News - - FOOTBALL -

South­ern Div 1 Cen­tral Egham Town 2 North Green­ford 1

REIS STANIS­LAUS hit a late, late win­ner to lift Egham to sev­enth in the ta­ble and get them out of a large hole of their own mak­ing. Lee Pass­more’s men were a goal down into time added on hav­ing been re­duced to 10 men once mid­fielder Calvin Thomas had been car­ried off the pitch with a groin in­jury in the 80th minute and all sub­sti­tutes used. Egham, rested after the pre­vi­ous week­end’s in­ac­tiv­ity, and with two straight wins be­hind them, started brightly, but hav­ing failed to make the most of their clear su­pe­ri­or­ity Egham had a col­lec­tive lapse at a Green­ford cor­ner and Michael Kin­sella rose to head home after 15 min­utes. Egham were also grate­ful that Jamie Nor­ris, back after in­jury, was smart enough to make a good save from the ma­raud­ing Chinua Cole. Ibrahim Bah stretched Nor­ris early in the sec­ond pe­riod and just be­fore the hour Dan Pearse prompted a fine save – with Danny Wil­liamson and Dan Read soon sub­ti­tuted for Matt Grave and Stanis­laus. Harkin then gave way for Joe Chandi­ram with 15 min­utes to play, the lat­ter hav­ing a shot blocked two min­utes later be­fore Green­ford broke – Egham get ting away with it as a Jack Hutch- inson shot then clipped the bar. But Egham’s dogged per­sis­tence paid off two min­utes into stop­page time when Luke Mul­downey’s clipped cor­ner found Pearse who equalised with a side-foot, his sec­ond goal in two games. Egham won the contest in the 100th minute, the move for the goal start­ing with a surg­ing run from deep by cen­tre-back Wilson Gond-we, who man­aged to plough deep into the op­po­si­tion box be­fore Pearse set up Stanis­laus, un­marked at the back post, for a win­ner taken with his usual as­sured­ness.

Terry Hab­good HI145387

Dan’s the man: Dan Pearse glee­fully turns away after scor­ing Egham’s equaliser. In­set: Cel­e­brat­ing that late, late win­ner.

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