Ward is on the spot for equaliser

PUBLISHED: 17:03 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009

ROYAL Rangers Under-12s first game back after the Christmas break ended in an exciting 2-2 draw against Harpenden Colts. The Welham Green boys took the lead but then had to come from behind to claim a share of the spoils. Lewis Parker, who had his best g

ROYAL Rangers Under-12s' first game back after the Christmas break ended in an exciting 2-2 draw against Harpenden Colts.

The Welham Green boys took the lead but then had to come from behind to claim a share of the spoils.

Lewis Parker, who had his best game in a Rangers shirt, laid an excellent ball to Jordon Brown for the opening goal. Brown slipped the ball past the Colts goalie to put Rangers ahead after 10 minutes.

Harpenden were under pressure and Rangers player Mark Watts shot inches wide of the post.

George Hentel, who was Rangers' man of the match, also hit the upright and crossbar.

Just before the half time break, the Colts pulled a goal back from nowhere to make it 1-1.

The Harpenden side came back into it more in the second half and the Rangers defence had to work overtime. Keeper Danny O'Riley pulled off some outstanding saves but was eventually beaten again midway through the half.

Royal Rangers stepped up their game and Georgio Phillips and Alfie Ward began to dominate the attacks down the left wing.

It seemed only a matter of time before the equaliser would come and it eventually arrived from Alfie Ward.

He should have scored from the penalty spot after his run for goal was brought to an end in the area.

Ward stepped up to take the penalty himself but tiredness and the conditions proved too much and the keeper made a great save.

The Royals player wasn't to be denied though and Rangers' constant pressure eventually paid off.

Hental delivered an outstanding ball to enable a tired Ward to make amends for his penalty miss with the equaliser.

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