Ian’s late show shocks leaders
Melbourn 4 Gamlingay United 3 AN 89th minute winner from Ian Frances knocked high-flying Gamlingay United from the top of the BIS League Division 2A. Melbourn trailed 2-0 within 20 minutes, and showed all their character to fight back and claim the three
Gamlingay United 3
AN 89th minute winner from Ian Frances knocked high-flying Gamlingay United from the top of the BIS League Division 2A.
Melbourn trailed 2-0 within 20 minutes, and showed all their character to fight back and claim the three points, with Kris Watters and Jon Patman seeing their early chances go begging.
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Keeper Glenn Pearse kept Melbourn in the hunt with a brilliant diving save.
Then after 35 minutes, Melbourn pulled one back when Watters slotted home a confident penalty after he was brought down in the box.
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In the second half, Melbourn looked a different side as they began to dominate the early possession, and they were rewarded with an equaliser when Steve Marriott fired a vicious half-volley into the roof of the net.
Then Stuart Collen, making a rare appearance in the opposition's half, rolled the ball home to send Melbourn into a deserved lead.
The hosts' defence was expertly marshalled by Ash Bryan, despite the initial early setback.
However, they were caught napping, with substitute Lionel Griffin pulling down a Gamlingay striker in the box, with the score all square after the resulting kick with just seven minutes left.
Melbourn thought they had nabbed a late winner when Watters popped up again with a calm left-footed strike, only to see the assistant referee flag for offside.
However, with less than a minute left, Melbourn's determination was rewarded when Frances' low drive flew into the back of the Gamlingay net, as the hosts claimed all three points.