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FC United fight back to draw at Leamington

FC United picked up a hard fought point on the road with a 2-2 draw with Leamington FC in a typical game of two halves.

The home side took the initiative with a corner inside 30 seconds but Jack Edwards headed wide. They did take the lead on 3 minutes when another corner caused confusion in the FC defence. Lloyd Allinson was challenged for the ball, in his view unfairly, but Mr McNamara in his first game back since his recent bizarre suspension, saw noting wrong with the challenge. The ball dropped and was scrambled in by Colby Bishop.

From that point, FC took hold of the game, Josh Wallen saw a goal bound shot blocked on 7 minutes and on 19, Kurt Willoughby had a free kick deflected just wide.
Just after the half hour, FC were deservedly level when a Mike Donohue corner was headed home by Josh Wallen. On 37 mins, FC should have taken the lead when a Joel Senior cross found Chris Sharp unmarked but he headed straight at Tony Breeden. Four minutes later, The Brakes forged a similar chance when Callum Gittings did well on the left and crossed to Bishop who was totally unmarked in the FC box. He made no mistake from close range to give the home side the lead again.

It looked as if FC would go into the break behind but deep into injury time, a crisp, good passing move involving a number of players, saw the ball with Willoughby about 30 yards from goal. He flicked the ball round his marker and fired towards the net, the ball went through the keepers grasp and nestled in the bottom corner of the net.

On 50 minutes, a FC free kick was chipped into the box where Chris Lynch glanced it goal wards but straight at Breeden. From that point it was the home side that made most of the running and created the bulk of the chances. Bishop had the best chances, lobbing the ball over the bar from the edge of the box and going through but being forced wide and the chance filled out. Just after the hour, FC did have the ball in the net, Willoughby bundling the ball home, but the flag had long since been raised for an offside.

On 78 minutes, Bishop again had a great chance when a cross from the right found him in the 6 year box but he somehow managed to scoop the ball over the bar. Three minutes later, Ahmed Obeng, so often a thorn in FCs side when he played with Rushall, was played in but somehow managed to take a clean swipe and miss the ball totally. With four minutes left on the clock, Obeng was played in but he lacked composure and fired the ball wide.

Overall, the draw was a fair result, with FC being the ascendency in the first half, Leamington in the second. Neil Reynolds will be looking towards the busy festive period looking to pick up the points in order to climb the table.

Steven Wood

Man of the Match- Kurt Willoughby- An all action display, he never stopped running and working and capped his performance with a great goal.

First Posted ~ 14:34 Sun 23 Dec 2018
News ID ~ 8201
Last Updated ~ 23:45 Thu 4 Feb 2021