Stafford Town 1-1 Abbey Hulton United
Stafford Town’s player manager Dominic Heath will be pleased with his side, after they came back after a goal down to draw 1-1 with Abbey Hulton United at Evans Park.
United had the best chance early in the first half, a lovely through ball sent by the full back Sam Wytcherley to Top Scorer Jordan Benton, who had his shot well saved by Ryan Pratt.
Abbey took the lead 10 minutes later through Luke Lewis. He found himself one on one with Stafford’s left back Matt Dudley, ghosted past him and slotted past Pratt to his right-hand side.
Stafford started the game well, their best chance came just before the goal. Kaz Danillion threaded a ball through to Connor Robillard, He tried to go around Abbey’s keeper Adam Lawrence. But the keeper made himself big and made a terrific save.
Town started the better in the second half and equalised, Through neat work by the substitute Kaysan Soadai. His low cross found Peter Tautscher who tapped home from close range.
The major incident came in the seventieth minute. Where a bad challenge by United’s Sam Wytcherley on Nathan Scott, led to a mass brawl by the technical areas. No one was booked in the aftermath.
Stafford Town’s joint first team manager Dominic Heath spoke about the intensity of the game. “It wasn’t a typical sort of friendly, lots of tackles, I think the players were short on fitness that’s why there was a few late challenges” he said.
Heath had praise for the way United approached the game. “Abbey were well on top in the first half. The front three were causing our back three problems, they were getting in behind. They definitely deserved to be ahead”.
In contrast, Abbey Hulton United’s manager Russell Leadbetter was left scratching his head after his side carved out so many chances. “First half we were in control. The chances we created and missed. Those are the chances when we go into the season, they are going to cost us”.
Leadbetter spoke about the first goal after the water break. It gave us to re-group, we were on top. We needed to fulfil the lads with confidence that we were on top”.
Stafford left happier with the draw, whilst Abbey Hulton left cursing the chances they had.