A late goal from Salou Jallow saw FC United U21’s secure a point under the floodlights of Belle Vue on a cold November night yesterday.
It was an even start to the game, which saw both teams having an equal share of possession.
Northwich managed the first attempt at goal just past the 10-minute mark but it was a comfortable save from FC United’s keeper, Ollie Taylor.
In the 12th minute, we saw Taylor called into action again making a good clearance from a low cross by Northwich’s right winger.
The clearance was only as far as the 18-yard box where a mistimed tackle lead to Northwich being granted a penalty. A calm finish from their number 10, straight down the middle, saw the visitors get an early foothold in the game.
FC United responded quickly with West shooting from range and FC’s number nine Francesco also getting In on the action after a quick turn inside the box led to a powerful shot and a good double save from Northwich’s keeper.
It wasn’t until around the 35th minute that FC started to up their game with a positive spell leading to a succession of chances - none of which were taken.
Three changes were made at halftime, with Salou Jallow, Juan Palinkas and Henry Limptishi all being introduced.
It wasn’t long before Taylor was called into action again with a comfortable save.
FC United soon shifted a gear and began to take control with Northwich being forced to play in their own half for long periods.
Garbett replaced Ozono in the 60th minute on the right wing and quickly made an impact when his strike hit the post following a perfectly weighted through ball.
Limptishi also looked strong when in possession, holding the ball up well, allowing the rest of his team to join him in Northwich’s half.
With Joel mills leaving the pitch, the final sub, Onswusiri entered the field of play.
Garbett looked to be FC’s brightest spark following his introduction, giving the Northwich left back a difficult time.
With FC United being in control of the game and two more close efforts, it certainly felt like a goal was coming.
Limpitshi was forced to be subbed in the 80th minute after being on the pitch just 35 minutes after he pulled up holding his hamstring. Mark West was re-introduced, and FC continued to push for an equaliser and in the 89th minute, it came.
A graceful run from Salou Jallow allowed him to skip past Northwich’s defence and fire a shot past the keeper.
A frantic last few minutes saw Northwich granted a free kick in a dangerous position, but Taylor collected as the whistle blew.
With Salford winning against Radcliffe last night, the result means Mike Walsh and Kev Braybrook’s lads drop to second in the table.
In summary it certainly felt like FC deserved more from the game, with Northwich’s only shot on target being a penalty. FC’s under 21’s now turn their attention to the next game against Rylands.