Sharks take a bite out of Sherrardswood in derby draw

PUBLISHED: 11:53 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:01 26 October 2009

SHERRARDSWOOD & Birchwood Rangers Under-11s Reds drew 2-2 with Wheathampstead Sharks in a well-contested game. Sharks made a lively start, but a quick drop-kick out by Charlie Meakes saw Tommy Dolan touch on for Calum Paine. His lay off saw Stephen Dodd i

SHERRARDSWOOD & Birchwood Rangers Under-11s Reds drew 2-2 with Wheathampstead Sharks in a well-contested game.

Sharks made a lively start, but a quick drop-kick out by Charlie Meakes saw Tommy Dolan touch on for Calum Paine. His lay off saw Stephen Dodd in enough space to nutmeg the keeper and put Rangers in the lead within the first minute.

A rather too relaxed Rangers defence paid the price seconds later as Sharks hit back with an easy equaliser.

A loose kick out saw Sharks take the opportunity to lob the back-pedalling Meakes to go 2-1 up.

A rallying call from manager Graham Morris saw a different Rangers in the second half.

Pinning Sharks in their end, shots from Danny Sitton, Matthew Morris, Dolan and Paine all went wide before Mitchell Warren manoeuvred himself into space at the edge of the box and fired in the equaliser on 38 minutes.

Just after the restart Sitton was chopped inside the box, but the diving keeper caught Dodd's penalty attempt and kept Sharks in the hunt.

It was only the outstretched fingertips of keeper Zak Tooth's hand that kept the scoreline level.

The match closed off with a goal mouth scramble seeing Morris' shots blocked twice and Paine hitting the post.

Rangers' man-of-the-match was captain Steve Dodd, who led his team by example, challenging and defending hard and always looking for the through pass to release the attack.


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