Sodbury share honours with Brislington
CHIPPING Sodbury faced fellow strugglers Brislington hoping to build on their impressive 3-2 away win at promotion hopefuls Plymouth Parkway.
The first half proved to be a dour affair, with neither side able to take control before the visitors opened the scoring on 38 minutes, with Mike Rimmer striking an unstoppable free kick from 20 yards.
Brislington were unlucky not to extend their lead just five minutes later, when a fierce strike left Sheppard in the home goal stranded but struck the underside of the cross bar and bounced on the goal line, before being cleared.
All seemed lost for Sodbury when they fell further behind after 55 minutes. Once again, Sheppard was reduced to the role of spectator when a cross found Mason Dagger on the penalty spot and he guided a powerful header into the top right hand corner.
But Sodbury responded and dominated the rest of the half, creating numerous chances. Captain Steve Fitzpatrick reduced the deficit in the 60th minute with a thunderous 25-yard volley that struck the underside of the crossbar.
The introduction of Tom Fry, ten minutes from time, proved decisive. A goalmouth scramble with three minutes left on the watch left Fry on the deck close to the goal line and when the ball was driven back across the area, the prostrate Fry hooked the ball in to level at 2-2 and take a well-deserved point.
Sodbury’s under 18s came away with a point after recovering from a 3-goal deficit to draw 4-4 at Rangeworthy, who scored three in the opening 20 minutes. Ross Womack then hit four goals, three before the break and one early in the second half, before Rangeworthy levelled.
It was an easier match for the youngsters in the group stages of the League Cup, winning 6-0 against Mendip.
Two goalsin the first half from Matt Day and Lewis Wynn were added to by Ross Womack (2), Ethan Lloyd and Charlie Moore in the second period.
In other matches Sodbury Reserves went down 2-1 at home to Greyfriars AFC in the cup while Chipping Sodbury’s ladies recorded a 4-1 victory over Longlevens to retain their position at the top of the Gloucestershire County Women’s League, four points clear of Bristol Ladies.
Picture shows Sodbury’s Joe White in action. Photo: B. East Photography