Battling Litlington hold on for draw

PUBLISHED: 15:47 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

Steeple Bumpstead Res 2 Litlington 2 LITLINGTON put in a dogged performance to secure a point against high flying Steeple Bumpstead on Saturday. Playing with the kind of confidence which could see them in the promotion mix come May, Litlington went 2-0 up

Steeple Bumpstead Res 2 Litlington 2

LITLINGTON put in a dogged performance to secure a point against high flying Steeple Bumpstead on Saturday.

Playing with the kind of confidence which could see them in the promotion mix come May, Litlington went 2-0 up against their hosts but were undone late on when they struggled with injuries.

Steeple started the game brightly and would have taken a first minute lead but for a superb challenge by play-manager Ash Hawkins who received an arm injury for his troubles.

The hosts pushed on to seek a breakthrough but were thwarted by an organised defence including Gary Reader, Craig Ellis and Paul Harris, who performing heroics in his first ever game at left back.

Litlington weathered the storm and surprisingly went ahead with an opener created and dispatched by Afser Choudhury who scored a penalty after being brought down in the box.

The lead was soon doubled courtesy of a great move which began with Reader passing the ball to Choudhury who touched it inside to player/assistant manager James Evans whose flicked back heel found Matt Cottiss and he coolly passed the ball into the net.

Litlington pressed for a third but were undone with only minutes left of the first half when a moment of brilliance from Steeple carved open their back four and a shot was dispatched past Ben Bonfield.

The second half was a backs to the wall job for Litlington who spent virtually the whole of the time pinned back and had Bonfield to thank for some terrific stops.

But with no substitutes left to choose from and with three defenders struggling with injuries Litlington conceded a dubious free kick with seconds on the clock and the ball was hoofed into the net.

"This was a very positive point for us today and the defence and goalkeeper deserve credit. They defended as if their lives depended on it today and for me Ash Hawkins gave his best ever performance for the club today," said Evans.

Litlington: Bonfield, Hawkins, Reader, Ellis (Orton) ,Harris, Butler, Chapman, Norman, Choudhury, Evans, Cottiss.

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