Brandon Town 1-1 East Harling
The first team kicked off the division 2 season away to newly promoted Brandon Town on Tuesday evening looking to get off to a winning start.
On a bright evening in Suffolk the visitors kicked off staring at the blinding sun which made life difficult in the opening stages.
The hosts got off to a better start and begun to play some decent football without ever really troubling Woodcock in the visiting goal.
The greens were struggling to get a real hold in the game as the opening 30 minutes produced a scrappy affair.
The final 15 minutes of the half saw the visitors begin to look a little more threatening despite being far from their best.
A neat lay back from Bareham saw Scent drag an effort wide and moments later a long throw in from Allin saw a Durrant header scrambled from the line before debutant Dolan blazed over from a few yards out.
A powerful strike then saw huge penalty appeals turned away despite the home linesman declaring afterwards it was a certain handball blocking a goal bound effort.
Two minutes before the interval the visitors did take the lead. A Scent delivery to the back post found Dolan to head home unmarked for his 1st goal in greens colours after his summer move from near rivals Attleborough Town.
The second half saw a marked improvement in the visitors as the solid defence of Allin, Laws, Hobley and skipper Durrant played a little higher and were colossus in their individual battles allowing the away side to play more on the front foot.
Early on a superb ball from midfield found Bareham in the clear who was then hauled down in the box for the referee to award a penalty. However he was then alerted to the linesman flag somehow up for an offside decision against Bareham which he then later stated he wasn’t sure and couldn’t see clearly as he come under pressure from the handful of travelling away supporters that had a clearer view than many.
Bray then crashed a superb free kick against the bar before Bareham was inches away from getting on the end of a Bray cross.
Saint then replaced Chrystall on the right.
Shortly after the home side had the equaliser.
A soft free kick was given against Durrant and the home number 10 took full advantage of a poorly set up wall to pass the ball into the bottom corner past Woodcock for 1-1.
Barnett then replaced Dolan and took up an unfamiliar position upfront alongside Bareham as the visitors went in search of a late winner.
Backs against the wall for the home side as Bray begun to attack at full pace.
Despite the flurry of dominance at the end the ref blew the final whistle for a hard earned draw.
The home side will feel a point was a fair result given the fact they had the lion share of possession but never really beat the strong back four of the visitors whilst on reflection the away side feel they just shaded it in terms of chances on goal.
We now move onto Saturdays game away at another newly promoted side Horsford Utd.
Hard luck lads and well done to a good Brandon Town side.
Brandon Town 1-1 East Harling