Matt's late strike levels things for Stripes

PUBLISHED: 16:57 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 26 October 2009

A DRAMATIC late strike from substitute Matt Evans rescued a point for Sherrardswood and Birchwood Rangers Stripes against Broxbourne Rangers Under-10s. Stripes claimed a 1-1 draw at a cold and windy Station Road to ensure their season ended with a bang ra

A DRAMATIC late strike from substitute Matt Evans rescued a point for Sherrardswood and Birchwood Rangers Stripes against Broxbourne Rangers Under-10s.

Stripes claimed a 1-1 draw at a cold and windy Station Road to ensure their season ended with a bang rather than a whimper.

Trailing to a solitary goal, Evans equalised from virtually the last meaningful attack of the game.

He kept his head under pressure and scored with his first touch after coming off the bench.

After a scrappy opening period, during which Stripes felt that they were denied a stonewall penalty when Ryan Clayton-Mawn was tripped in the box, this fixture really came alive in the second half.

Both teams raised their game and went for the win.

As chances came and went, it seemed increasingly likely that the match would be settled by a single goal and it was Broxbourne who opened the scoring on 40 minutes.

A corner from the left caused panic in the away box and when Thomas Mallindine fumbled, the ball fell kindly for Broxbourne's number nine to rifle home.

Chasing the game, Stripes hit back and Peter Wood shot just wide after latching onto a through ball from Billy Newby.

Moments later Callum Burtenshaw's excellent free-kick sailed over the Broxbourne wall, beat the keeper and crashed against the crossbar.

When Clayton-Mawn headed just wide from a Jake Whitear cross with only minutes left, it looked like Stripes would be returning home empty-handed.

However, with the referee checking his watch, Darren Owen's deft touch from a hopeful Owen McGrath long ball sent Evans clear.

The winger kept his composure, despatching his shot beneath the advancing home keeper to level things.


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