Sun Sports remain in 3rd spot in Division One after a thrilling 2-2 draw at home to Hadley Reserves on Saturday.
For a while it seemed that the opposition weren’t going to turn up as while the Sun players were whiling away the time kicking a ball or two about, the ref seemed rather more worried as he jogged up and down the halfway line, giving the occasion sly glance at his watch while he did so.
But eventually they turned up for the match, so the free three points for a walk-over home win were not to be.
And so the match kicked off on a cold and drizzling afternoon in November, and the Sun obtained their first corner of the match after just 13 seconds. From the corner, George Hobson tested the Hadley keeper from the off and he tipped the ball over the bar for another corner, at the second attempt the keeper won the dual between corner taker and goalie by successfully punching the ball away.
The Sun were certainly on the ball in the opening moments when Dan Regan floated over a cross finding Tom Herbert but his glancing header went wide.
Hadley’s Ricky Burrows was the next to go close, but his shot curled over the crossbar.
Next up was another George Hobson corner, who seemed determined to add another corner shot goal to his tally of three already this season, and this time it looked like it was going to happen when the Hadley keeper punched the ball down and under him and was headed off the line by a red shirted defender.
From the resulting break Luke Furlong bravely came out to smother the ball on a one to one and came off the worst for wear but thankfully was able to continue.
Mr Hobson was certainly the man of the moment when his free kick after 25 minutes was lobbed into the penalty area and left back Dan Regan rose to head the ball into the goal to give the Sun a well deserved lead.
But instead of the fellas in yella scoring from a corner, it was Hadley who scored from that position when the ball from the set piece was headed in by Burrows to make it all level.
And that goal seemed to turn the game as Hadley then took control of the game with the Sun defence becoming the busiest of players, getting in the way of the ball when required and clearing the ball away at the earliest opportunity, but the red’s wing backs were certainly causing the Sun some problems.
But before the break the Sun had a couple of close chances when Joe Horwood powered a header just wide and the tenacious Josh Towle battled to get through three defenders but then while off balance his shot drifted away from goal.
Hadley started the second half the strongest and kept possession while some of the Sun’s passing went astray a few times, but eventually the Sun players calmed down, and once Josh Connolly, playing at right back, was given the opportunity to push forward, the Sun had more chances to attack.
George Minihan hit a free kick hard and low through the wall but the Hadley keeper was in the right place at the right time to get behind the ball.
Minihan was there again to head an attempt at short range from Towle’s cross, but again the Hadley goalie was there to be in the way of a second goal for the Sun.
Both keepers made some great saves and kept their respective teams in with a chance of taking all three points, and it seemed that the goal to possibly win the game would go to the Sun when Josh Connolly was bundled over in the penalty area but the referee saw nothing wrong with the challenge, which could only be classed as a soft mugging!!
Club captain Callum O’Connor hit a long range drive that the Hadley goalkeeper did well to tip just over the bar and George Minihan went close soon after but his shot hit the side netting.
And with 15 minutes to go, a cross from the right found the silver fox of Hadley’s Ricky Burrows to head in from around six yards to give Hadley the lead.
But Sun heads didn’t go down, and the fight for the right to get something out of the match proved strong when around five minutes later, a Hobson free kick found Callum O’Connor who headed the ball past the stranded keeper to draw the Sun level.
Buoyed by the goal, the Sun went for it and tried to get another goal to give them the win and the chance to possibly to go top of the table, Dan Regan brought the ball forward, and, looking up, he launched a perfect long ball into the penalty area, finding sub Lewis Craze, who connected well to volley the ball goalbound, but again the Hadley keeper was there to spoil Sun’s plans of winning the game.
So the Sun stay third, for the moment.
Next week the lads will take a break from league action and will participate in the first round of the famous Aubrey Cup.