Men’s 1s battle to draw against Wanderers

jimmy_m Match reports, Men 1st XI


Epsom: 3 (Hildrey, P.Atkinson, Midmer)

Wanderers: 3


Epsom battled back to draw with Wanderers on Saturday, coming from 3-1 down to 3-3 via a late equaliser. Wanderers had arrived with some decent early form and they took an early lead from a superb individual goal from their centre forward; who fired a rocket reverse stick shot from an angle into the far corner. Wanderers subsequently piled on the pressure but some good defensive work from Epsom kept them at bay. Epsom then rallied and Oli Hildrey converted a short-corner with a well executed flick into the top-right, before rattling the post with another to give Epsom some momentum going into the break at 1-1.

Epsom were bossing matters at the start of the second half but again wasted several chances and were then unlucky to go behind again to another superb individual goal, this time a diving reverse stick deflection flying into the top corner to make it 2-1. This shifted the momentum back to Wanderers who had opportunities to put the game to bed, with a one-on-one saved by Jack Miller and another good chance being seen off by Patrick Persaud. The visitors eventually stretched their lead to 3-1 from a decent short corner flick with 10 minutes to go. It looked like it would be one of those days for Epsom but to their credit the side kept going and soon won a penalty stroke, converted by the ever-reliable Paul Atkinson. Epsom piled forward and with just 4 minutes Mike Atkinson got the right byline and squared for James Midmer to make it 3-3. Epsom subsequently looked the likelier side to go on and win it but ran out of time.

The 3-3 final scoreline was probably a fair result, with Epsom yet to really find top gear in this league season and looking forward to getting a few regular players back in action. They now look forward to a tough away trip to league leaders Trojans next week.