Berry bursts RHS' bubble
RHS United Res 3 Steeple Morden 3 A SPECTACULAR last minute strike from dynamite Frankie Berry salvaged a point for Steeple Morden against their promotion rivals.Manager Kenny Watters was forced to play an unfamiliar backline away to RHS with a number o
RHS United Res 3 Steeple Morden 3
A SPECTACULAR last minute strike from dynamite Frankie Berry salvaged a point for Steeple Morden against their promotion rivals.
Manager Kenny Watters was forced to play an unfamiliar backline away to RHS with a number of key players missing so he would have been delighted with a draw which keeps them fifth in the table just a point behind RHS in third.
Steeple began the game on the back foot as RHS applied early pressure on their opponents, but as the first half continued the home team became more threatening themselves with captain Dom Holt and Charlie Prothero winning the key midfield battle.
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Steeple deservedly took the lead on the half hour mark when Holt expertly found brother Ben who delivered a deep cross which Martyn Lees converted somewhat fortuitously.
The lead wasn't to last, however, because just before half time the dangerous RHS striker Stokes pounced on a defensive slip and smashed the ball into the top corner.
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The second half was tight and although a clever free-kick from Dom Holt found Lees whose header drew a fine save from the home keeper, it was RHS who went 2-1 up when Stokes executed another classy finish.
With 60 minutes gone, the willing running of Ben Holt earned a corner and the resulting ball was whipped in by Lees straight onto the head of Prothero who nodded it home for the equaliser.
The talented Stokes completed his hat trick soon after when, following a mazy run, his shot could only be palmed into the bottom corner by keeper Adam Smith, and it appeared that his third goal would secure all three points for RHS.
As the game reached its climax, RHS failed to clear their lines and Berry hit a sweet volley from the edge of the box to claim a point and take his season's tally to 10 goals in 11 games.
Manager Kenny Watters said he was delighted with the response from his team and the battling performance which earned the point, and his team's next game is against Harston 1987 this Saturday.
Steeple: Smith, Chapman, Jarman, Richardson, Collins, Berry, D Holt, Prothero, Morris, B Holt, Lees. Subs: Parr, Watters.