Saints and Vale share eight goals
Good for the neutrals, not so good for the managers.
Abbey Vale and St Cuthbert Wanderers played out a 4-4 draw at Maryfield Park on Saturday that Saints co-manager Craig Fraser admitted had him tearing his hair out at times.
He said: “As a manager, it’s absolutely awful! You put a game plan in place, you try to make tactical changes and substitutions but you end up having no control over it.
“It could have been anything on Saturday. It could have been 9-9 or it could have been 0-0.”
Vale drew first blood when Adam Kirk headed them in front after 14 minutes, Dale Milligan equalising 11 minutes later.
Former Saints striker Craig Rudd put his side back in front before goals from Milligan and Ben Jaekel gave Saints a 3-2 lead at half-time.
It was beginning to resemble a basketball game rather than a football match as Tommy Goss levelled things up at the start of the second half, Andrew Donley then putting Saints back in front.
A deflected Dylan Cairnie shot gave Vale a point but only because Ross Hunter missed a late penalty for Saints.
Fraser said: “We got exactly what we expected. It was a wee park, they were in our faces, there were right up for it and they were energetic.
“We were 2-1 up at half-time but I felt we’d got away with it a little bit as it was slightly against the run of play.
“Every time we stepped up the intensity and the aggression we scored, but we only did it for five minute spells. It was only wee glimpses of what we were capable of doing.
“In the second half we shot ourselves in the foot early doors when we conceded but again there was a 15 minute spell where we kept the ball and scored again.
“The goal for 4- 4 was probably the luckiest of the game as it took a deflection that wrong footed our goalie.” “We had a penalty two minutes from the end that we missed and that summed up the day.
“We try to take positives but it was awful. I don’t know if that’s because I got into the players too much about what to expect.
“That’s to take nothing away from Abbey Vale who played well and I think if we keep an eye on their results they’ll take a lot of points off teams there.”
Saints have no game this weekend and the players may have Saturday off depending on how the midweek training sessions go.