23rd Oct, 2020

Manning leaves it late to earn Bourton deserved draw

Ben Tyler 13th Oct, 2020

A DESERVED point on the road was claimed by Bourton and Frankton after Nick Manning’s late penalty in a 1-1 draw at Crick Athletic Reserves.

The 85th-minute spotkick helped Bourton claim their second point in Coventry Alliance League Division Three this season – the least that was deserved from the contest after a strong second-half performance.

After an evenly-fought contest in the opening period, Josh Goodwin’s 11th-minute opener put the hosts on the front foot, though Bourton and Frankton failed to buckle and settled more as the half went on.

While chances were at a premium for the visitors, their opportunities became more plentiful after the interval thanks to some neat build-up play.

Proceedings could have ended much differently though, after the hosts cracked the crossbar approaching the final ten minutes.

But when Tim Sutcliffe was felled inside the area, Manning had the task of slotting home, sending the ‘keeper the wrong way.

Bourton did not stop there after Manning’s late leveller and kept pushing for a winner – while the decider did not come, it is ultimately another good point on the road for Bourton and ends their two-match losing run.

On Saturday, the first of three consecutive home league games gets underway, starting with the visit of Rugby Reserves in a 2.15pm kick-off.


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