Royton Town AFC short reign at the top of The Manchester League Premier Division ended on Saturday when they were held to a 2-2 draw by a resilient Manchester Gregorians outfit at The Oldham Academy North.
The opening 25 minutes of the first half were pretty even as both teams looked to gain an advantage but chances were few & far between until a mix up in the home defence allowed a Gregorians forward to toe poke the ball past Towns keeper Liam Lovell to put the visitors 1-0 up,going behind seemed to spur Town on & with Wayne Dean who hit the woodwork on 2 occasions from free kicks & Danny Gilmartin New driving them on in midfield it wasn’t long before they equalised after a perfect cross from Tim Astley was met by a superb header from Liam Wood that flew past the keeper into the top corner from 16 yards out to put Town on level terms.
Half Time 1-1
The second half saw Town looking to take the lead as they continually forced the Gregs defence onto the back foot but it was the visitors who went in front on the hour mark from a well taken free kick from outside the area to put them 2-1up.Towns management team then introduced Craig Schumannback from holiday & he made an immediate impact causing problems for the Gregorians defence & he soon had Town back on level terms firing in a well taken goal past the keeper from inside the box following a clever lay off from Liam Wood to make it 2-2.The remaining 15 minutes of the game saw Town throw everything at the visitors as they sought a winner but the Gregs defence were defiant & when Town did breech the defence they found the Greg’s keeper in inspired form as he made excellent saves to deny Craig Schumann,Joe Jacombes & Liam Wood a winning goal.So 2 points dropped in a game that Town could & should’ve won but credit to Gregorians whose resilience earned them a point.
Liam Wood,Craig Schumann & Wayne Dean all turned in sound performances but Danny Gilmartin looked to be back to his best earning him the M.O.M.
|January 26, 2019||3:15 pm||Manchester Football League - Premier Division 2018/19||2018/2019||Saturday|
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