Litlington answer boss' battle cry
PUBLISHED: 09:42 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010
Litlington FC 2 Sawston Rover Res 2 LITLINGTON had to settle for a point on Saturday in a game they could and should have won with ease. If this had been a boxing match the bout would have been stopped such was the dominance of Ashley Hawkins' side who a
Litlington FC 2
Sawston Rover Res 2
LITLINGTON had to settle for a point on Saturday in a game they could and should have won with ease.
If this had been a boxing match the bout would have been stopped such was the dominance of Ashley Hawkins' side who answered their manager's battle cry with a much-improved performance.
The defence, which has been under so much scrutiny in recent weeks, was superb and brilliantly marshalled by Craig Ellis in his first game at centre back and helped Litlington to end their three game run without a win.
And for the first time in months the back four looked solid with Hawkins, Gary Reader and Matt Kingsley putting in some of their best performances to date.
Litlington started brightly and quickly settled into their passing game with the midfield displaying a range of passing that caused Sawston no end of trouble.
Despite this Sawston took the lead through Gavin Edwards when he tapped in after the Sawston winger was given too much time to cross into the box.
The Litlington equaliser came after a pinpoint 25-yard pass from captain Matt Cottiss to Paul Harris who nonchalantly flicked the ball back over the last defender's head to set him through on goal.
The end product was never in doubt as he smashed the ball past the out-coming keeper.
Litlington continued to attack and would have taken the lead but for the crossbar saving Sawston from a wonderful long range effort from Cottiss, who then had another chance to give Litlington the lead however this time hit his shot wide from eight yards.
The Litlington attack was relentless and minutes later James Evans was put through but he hit his shot first time when he had more time than he realised.
The second half started in the same pattern as the first with Litlington on the attack but against the run of play Sawston scored a breakaway goal when a ball over the top caught the Litlington defence by surprise, allowing Chris Pattern to slot home.
But showing true battling qualities, Litington equalised straight from the restart when Cottiss finished off a superb move with a near finish with his left boot.
The remainder of the second half seemed to pass with chances few and far between, although the best fell to Afser Choudhury but he shot wide with two outfield players on the line to beat.
Speaking about his team's draw, Hawkins said: "This was a much improved performance and I am pleased with the effort of my players.
"Craig Ellis deserves special mention for his marshalling of the back four which was the best I have seen the defence play all season.
"Luck was against us today and we would have won convincingly but for some poor finishing."
Litlington: Bonfield, Hawkins, Ellis, Reader, Kingsley (Wilson), Choudhury, Cottiss, Chapman, Butler, Harris, Evans.