24 Mar 2019 in Match Reports
Matty Roberts, who had been immense all game, ultimately had the telling touch when he inadvertently deflected the ball past Mason Mostyn.
The Vauxhall forward certainly got the rub of the green when his off-target drive from the left-hand side of the area fortuitously ricocheted off the centre back, who had launched himself in the way of the effort. The ball drifted agonisingly into the corner of the net, leaving Mostyn stranded and Town heartbroken.
Town took the lead late on in the first through Grant Spencer, picking up his second goal in three games. The attacking midfielder wove together an intricate piece of play with Captain Jerome Wright on the edge of the area and made no mistake when faced with the advancing Kristofer Leigh, as he finished unerringly into the bottom-left corner from close range.
A moment plagued with controversy occurred when Ash Leather showed dancing feet to the opposition skipper, Thomas Mitchell, who appeared to stamp on the wide man after cynically bringing him down. A word in the ear was deemed sufficient by the referee who let him off with just a verbal warning.
A game of fine margins was epitomised when Leather twice went close for Town.
His first coming after a mis-hit delivery into the area almost dipped beneath the crossbar but fortune favoured Vauxhall as rebounded off the woodwork.
Leather had the opportunity to double Town’s lead on the stroke of half time after some delicate interplay down the left flank. Wright drilled in a fizzing cross that evaded all on-comers but was latched onto by the pacey winger who rippled the side netting.
Vauxhall Motors created their fair share of danger moments, when Haydn Cooper almost provided the perfect response following the interval, slamming the loose ball in the area onto the near post, sparing Town’s blushes.
Town Keeper Mostyn, was in inspired form throughout the 90 minutes, producing a fabulous stop to deny Joe Brandon’s effort undoubtedly nestling in the top right-hand corner.
He had previously impressed in the first half, palming away an awkwardly bouncing freekick that could well have alluded some keepers.
A competitive game that threatened to boil over at some points when both sides collectively forced the referee to brandish four yellow cards in the space of little over seven minutes, summarising the importance and passion of this game.
Chances came few and far between but when the opportunities did present themselves, neither side were clinical enough to bury them and in doing so, the opposition.
The last gasp equaliser from Vauxhall means that Town drop down to 6th place but just four points separate themselves and Stone Old Alleynians, who sit perched in second place with 63 points, having played one game more.
Next up for Town is Cammel Laird at Ericstan Park, where they will hope to inflict the same kind of result on the visitors as they managed in the reverse fixture. Plenty of incentive to strive for a top-four finish with eight games still to be negotiated and what we can be certain of is that it’s going to be a thrilling home stretch of the season.
Match report by Harry Shephard