Late penalty denies Cottesmore all the points

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C0ttesmore Amateur Reserves were denied an away win when FC GNG were awarded a late penalty to draw 3-3.

After three weeks of inactivity, Cottesmore Reserves managed to play on Saturday.

The game was scrappy early on as both teams were unable to settle into any rhythm but Cottesmore defended resolutely against a strong wind.

Luke Smith had the away team’s best chance but the goalkeeper managed to push a drive over the bar. Better luck was to follow with ten minutes of the half left when a Chris Shaw header from a corner was blocked and Sam Rodgers followed up to score.

However, this was soon cancelled out as poor defending contributed to FC GNG equalising. Then, despite a good save from Ash Ward, GNG scored from the rebound to make it 2-1.

Cottesmore suddenly managed to find another gear and Marcus Baines expertly chipped the keeper from 25 yards to equalise with 15 minutes to go. Jake Culverwell did well down the right and crossed for the on-rushing Luke Smith to power a diving header in.

Cottesmore had a penalty shout turned down and Nick Buff had a point blank header saved and then was inches away from connecting with a cross ball.

However the game changed when the referee awarded a penalty to the home side in the last minute, which was converted.

Straight from kick off Cottesmore attacked and Culverwell managed to shrug off two defenders but unfortunately lacked the composure to score.

Manager Steve Duffy said: “Maybe I am being over critical as we haven’t played for weeks but there were a few players going through the motions, which is very disappointing.

“We were missing a few today and maybe that upset the rhythm slightly but we still need to go to places like this and win. With the players we had, not only should we be winning, but winning comfortably.”

Cottesmore Res: Ash Ward, Rich Giblin, Chris Shaw, Duncan Simpson, Callum Pawley, Jake Culverwell, Luke Smith Marcus Baines Danny Mackay Sam Rodgers Nick Acock.

Subs: Ryan Cusiak, Nick Buff