Boars stage em­phatic sec­ond-half come­back

Fleet Spurs 4 Ever­s­ley and Cal­i­for­nia 5

The Wokingham Paper - - SPORT - By BEN THOMAS

EVER­S­LEY AND CAL­I­FOR­NIA com­pleted an em­phatic sec­ond-half come­back to win a nine­goal thriller at Fleet Spurs.

Trail­ing 2-1 at the break, El­lis Woods’ men soon con­ceded again be­fore storm­ing back to claim a 5-4 vic­tory thanks to a late Owen Pow­ell strike.

It looked like a sev­enth straight de­feat could be on the cards for the Boars af­ter a cat­a­strophic open­ing saw Fleet go ahead in­side the open­ing 10 min­utes when Richard Swain headed in.

That lead was dou­bled on 14 min­utes when Ben Green­wood picked up the ball deep in the Boars’ half, drove down the left flank and squared to un­marked Karl Dall­away, who was able to fin­ish from close-range.

De­spite go­ing two goals down in quick suc­ces­sion, the Boars didn’t lose their cool and were able to hit back six min­utes later. Mo Davies clev­erly opened up the home side’s de­fence, slip­ping a neat ball through to Josh Sapsed, who ran through one-on-one and drilled his shot past the keeper and into the back of the net.

The sec­ond half played out with a sim­i­lar trend to the first with a goal frenzy in the open­ing ex­changes. One minute in and the Boars were caught sleep­ing. Mark O’Reilly paced down the left wing, play­ing it to Green­wood who struck the on­com­ing ball first time across the keeper and into the bot­tom cor­ner, mak­ing it 3-1.

At the op­po­site end, Davies was brought down in the box five min­utes later - gain­ing his team a penalty which he then stepped up for and sent the keeper the wrong way, swiftly re­duc­ing the deficit once again.

Green­wood then grabbed his sec­ond and re­stored Fleet Spurs’ two-goal lead, but just four min­utes later saw the game’s sev­enth goal as Boars cen­tre-back Ryan Whyte headed down to Brad Brown who hit the cross­bar be­fore Clive Akem-Che turned in on the goal-line.

It was then sus­tained pres­sure from the Boars and they equalised at 4-4 in the 66th minute with Brown ris­ing high­est to nod in.

And the win­ner duly ar­rived with nine min­utes to play when sub­sti­tute Pow­ell bun­dled the ball over the line.

EVER­S­LEY: Lusty, Dickie, Whyte, Ed­wards, Akem-Che, Guest, Ed­wards, Row­land, McCarthy, Sapsed, Davies, Brown. Subs: Shay, York, Wood, Pow­ell, Med­hurst.

And Ever­s­ley fol­lowed it up with an­other five­goal show­ing on Tues­day evening.

The Boars swept aside Go­dalm­ing Town 5-1 at Fox Lane with a Josh Sapsed hat-trick as well as goals from Mo Davies and Brad Brown.

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