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Football -Ten-man Ledbury in draw
12:57pm Friday 25th October 2013 in Sport
LEDBURY Town claimed a hugely-deserved point against Penncroft in Division One of the West Midlands League, with prolific young striker Tom Boyle scoring the equaliser at the climax of a thrilling 3-3 draw.
Played in challenging conditions at New Street in front of a bumper home crowd, Paul Mann’s team had to contend with a torrential deluge during the first period and slippy conditions during the latter half of play.
Ledbury took the lead on 10 minutes when Dan Herbert managed to scramble the ball in via the post, before the ground’s floodlights were called into action due to the dark clouds.
The hosts didn’t have to wait long to go two goals ahead as a terrific strike from Neil Gardiner found the net on 24 minutes.
However, Penncroft managed to start their recovery when Curtis Smith drilled the ball home following a corner.
Ledbury’s lead then disappeared five minutes before the interval when Ben Lycett smashed the ball home after receiving a great cross.
A Tom Watkins effort flew narrowly wide, before Ledbury fans were given further cause for concern when Jake Lloyd found the net to put the visitors ahead for the first time.
Tempers began to flare and the hosts were incensed when striker Jamie Welch was given a second yellow card and sent off after a clash with the Penncroft goalkeeper.
However, despite being down to 10 men, Boyle was able to salvage a hard-fought point when his effort from a narrow angle crept into the net to make it 3-3.
Wem Town visit New Street tomorrow (3pm) as Ledbury look to improve their current mid-table standing in the division.
Meanwhile, Ledbury Town Reserves suffered an early exit from the Ross Junior Cup with a surprise 5-2 defeat against Fownhope Reserves.
Adam McTear and Curt Williams bagged consolation goals for Karl Lancett’s side, who now face a trip to Holme Lacy in Division One of the Herefordshire League tomorrow (2.30pm).
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