The big day finally arrived, well, the first of three big days with matches involving Bovingdon sides.
Bovingdon were quick off the mark, but it was the Sun who had the opening chances, and it was that man again, George Hobson, eager to curl in one of his corner specialities which went just over the bar in the opening minutes.
Bovingdon played the offside trap and used it well, frustrating the Sun forwards on more than one occasion.
Dom David latched onto a Hobson long ball and his volleyed effort went just wide of the bar.
As understandably expected, a match between the division’s top two teams was going to be a tough match, with plenty of thunder but thankfully little blood.
A great move from the Sun, staring with a Joe Horwood foray up to the half way line as he passed the ball to Andy Brennan, finding Josh Connolly who chested the ball onto Dom David, who cheekily back flicked the ball onto the on-coming Brenners who hit his shot low and hard but went past the upright.
Another Joe Horwood move unfortunately didn’t go as planned as he was dispossessed while going forward and to make matters even worse the greens went ahead from the error with a looped lob over Luke Furlong.
Another George Hobson trademark corner effort was a little lower then the previous attempt this time around but a Bovingdon defender was in the right place at the wrong time (for the Sun) to head off the line.
The league leaders nearly went two up near half time as a Bovingdon midfielder found enough space to curl a beautiful shot goalward, luckily, Luke Furlong was able to palm the effort up onto the crossbar.
From a deep free kick, Bovingdon had another opportunity when a central defender came up for the set piece and headed the ball straight into Furlong’s gloves.
The second half started with the Sun in the ascendancy as Dom David glided past a couple of Bovingdon players and threaded a peach of a pass onto Paolo Deritis who should have slotted the ball into the net, but again, the ball flew past the wrong side of the post.
The chances seemed to be getting closer, and it seemed only a matter of time before the Sun would draw level.
From a Dom David corner, Calum O’Connor and Andy Brennan both went for the header and the ball went over the bar.
Andy Brennan was then taken down on the inside edge of the penalty area and the ref awarded a penalty. Up stepped the confident Dom David to smash the ball in to finally make things level.
The game continued to be a battle between two very strong sides, and both teams had chances but neither could capitalise on the goalmouth scambles at both ends.
Sun’s three subs combined as the clock ticked down when Lewis Craze kept the ball in on the byline and crossed over to Youssef Enajar who flicked the ball to Josh Towle but Josh’s shot went wide.
As the game went into injury time Andy Brennan was felled again in the box from an outstretched Bovingdon leg but the ref gave nothing when it looked to be a clear penalty to everybody else watching….probably more so than the first one!
So the points were shared and while Bovingdon Reserves stay top, a 4-1 win for Weston against Wodson Park Reserves sees them take second place, overtaking the Sun…for now at least!!