Report and reaction from a tense draw at COSE…
By Matty Paddock - 21/03/2019
Posted 8 months ago
Harriers and Tamworth played out a tense 1-1 draw in a top-of-the-table clash in the National League U19 Alliance this week, writes Elliot Ball.
After a quiet opening at COSE, Harriers took an early lead in the 12th minute. Some great build-up play saw Taylor-Randle through on goal; he cut past one defender and finished coolly into the bottom corner.
The first half was an even affair, only Taylor-Randle’s brilliance could separate the sides. With chances for both sides proving scarce it was vital both sides took them when one came their way. Therefore, Tamworth were left frustrated when the ball was swept off the goal line by Brooks who did brilliantly after the ball was originally nudged past Mountjoy.
After the sides emerged for the second half it became apparent that neither side were ready to drop their standards from the first half. The first real chance fell to White, who saw his effort graze the wrong side of the post.
Just after the hour mark, Harriers were given their best chance to double their lead, Cartwright was slipped through and unselfishly opted to square it for White. He then played in Taylor-Randle only to see his effort blocked by a last-ditch tackle.
Harriers held firm for much of a close second half, but the final ten minutes saw Tamworth awarded a penalty. Mountjoy attempted to put the penalty taker off but was sent the wrong way as the spot kick was rifled the ball into the back of the net to level the scores.
Both sides had chances for a late winner – Brooks cleared for Harriers at one end, before Kang fizzed a ball across the box to Taylor-Randle. The striker diverted the ball to the far corner, and it looked destined to finish in the back of the net. Sadly, it wasn’t to be after the Tamworth goalkeeper’s lightning-fast reactions saw him claw the ball away to safety.
Coach Ryan Simmonds summed up his frustration after the match, saying: “I think we did enough to win that game, to be honest.
“We score a really good, early goal from Reece, but unfortunately we allow them in for their goal. Although I don’t think it’s a penalty – that’s football, as I’ve said.”
Harrison Yates looked towards the title push, adding: “We’re still on for the league and it’s very doable, but we’ve got to remember we can’t let silly mistakes happen.”