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Kidlington 2 - 2 Sutton Coldfield


Kidlington overturned a two goal deficit to snatch an injury time equaliser and a share of the points with League leaders and visitors Sutton Coldfield Town today at Yarnton Road. Trailing 0-2 the fight back was inspired on 83 minutes by an indirect free-kick from just eight yards when Harrington in the Town goal gathered a pass back from centre back Kindella which had come of his knee, needless to say after a touch from Matthews Joe Langdon sent a rasping drive into the back of the net via the far post and the Greens were back in the game at 1-2. Hectic is the only way to describe the final minutes as the ball only ever seemed to be in either penalty area but it was the Greens who finally came up trumps with the game in injury time and after a number of corners a neat pass from Ellis Matthews found Alex Neale who forced the ball into the roof of the net

Despite the late flourish this was a game we never looked like winning. After more than uesful start Fernado Gomez should have put the home team ahead when he found himself one on one with the keeper after some neat build up play. Fernando’s shot had plenty of power but was perfect for Harrington who saved comfortaby. From this point on Sutton came back strongly they opened the scoring 6 minutes before the interval. Jack Lay slipped as he was about to clear and Ethan Pearce accepted the opportrunity to score.

Kidlington continued to styruggle after the break, they looked ponderous and slow with the ball and it was no surpise that the referee was pointing to the spot on 70 minutes after a series of mistimed challenges in a desperate melee in the home box. Lewis Brady the Sutton captain made no mistake and it looked all over. Heads went down and Sutton could and should of increased there lead but for a fine save from Toby Cruickshank and some last ditch challenges.

Sutton Coldfield will rightly feel they deserved more from the game while Kidlington clearly have a lot of work to do. Gone was the passing game and movement we have been used to watching, which has allowed wide players like Soares and King to be so effective. We also struggled with our delivery at set pieces to many times our efforts fell short of the target either sailing harmlessly over the bar or gathered easily by the Town keeper.  The Greens who fleetingly topped the League in November have now drawn there last two games and are third with 11 points from 6 games. Rushall Olympic are second with 14 points from 7 games and Sutton are top with 17 points from 8 games. Both of the teams above us have a far superior goal difference.


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