25 MARCH 2017 --- 3PM
MIDLAND FOOTBALL LEAGUE 1 @ OLDFIELD
|ALEX NAUGHTON WITH ATHERTONE'S EQUALISER|
|ATHERSTONE MANAGER IVOR GREEN HAPPIER MAN AT THE FINAL WHISTLE TODAY|
|SPRING DAY AT OLDFIELDS|
|CORPORATE SHUTTLE BUS LOOKING SMART|
|THE GROUNDSMANS NOT LOOKING|
Early action for the home side saw Liam Sowter hit a 25 yard effort that Athertsone keeper James Beeson held well before on 8 minutes Jake Lovatt lashed a cross goal shot into the bottom left hand corner to give Uttoxeter the lead. Atherstone were level on 17 minutes when Micky Allen failed to hold a snap shot and Naughton was on hand to bundle the ball over the line. The visitors were just getting the upper hand and 7 minutes before the break they took the lead with a crisp free kick from 25 yards out low and hard into the bottom right hand corner by Sam Belcher.
The second half was a strange period of 'football' with the home side having a fair amount of play but Atherstones back line defending well and holding Uttoxeter's advances. However the home side did see Martin Gadsby's header parried by Beeson before Oli Ritchie got a shot away. On 69 minutes Gadsby went close again when his shot was parried away by the visiting keeper Beeson.
|PRIME CORPORATE VIEWING|
Uttoxeter still tried to break through and Thomas Morgan saw his shot superbly pushed over by Beeson for a corner. In the closing minutes home keeper Allen came forward for a corner off the left a header deflected for a corner off the right and when the initial kick fell back out to Luke Lewis his effort found a Atherstone player who immediately cleared to Naughton who ran 3/4's the length of the pitch to run the ball into and empty home goal, the ultimate sucker punch with referee Parkes blowing for time immediately from the kick off.
This was a laboured performance from the home side in the second period but Atherstone defended and frustrated to a level that allowed them to win the game something that maybe others need to do at times when they lead in a game, its not pretty but it was effective and produced a result for the visitors that was so much sweeter than there loss last week to todays hosts.
As 2 years ago I have always found Uttoxeter a friendly and welcoming club and the towns a lovely little drop off for an hour before the game so a well recommended visit. Return connection completed by a short fraction and arrival back at base just after 8pm.