TOOLSTATION LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION: Calne Town 0 Almondsbury UWE 0
9:33am Monday 24th March 2014 in Sport
CALNE Town had to settle for a point against Almondsbury UWE at Bremhill View on Saturday but were left to rue missed chances that would have handed them all three, writes CARL FIELD.
Aaron Hopkins wasted two glorious chances in front of goal late on for the home side, while the visitors also missed countless opportunity to snatch it.
Almondsbury shot out of the blocks and could have been two up inside 10 minutes.
Simon McElroy headed wide after meeting Ricky Chandler’s left-wing cross to the back post on five minutes and then, three minutes later, Brett Agnew fluffed his lines after McElroy had unselfishly squared the ball having got in behind the Calne backline.
Hopkins failed to hit the target when presented with an opening on 24 minutes, but Calne’s best chance of the first half fell to skipper Neurin Jones just past the half hour mark, but he was unable to turn home Tom Slater’s floated left-wing cross at the far post.
The second half saw both sides continue to create some decent openings but neither side were able to find that killer touch in front of goal.
Almondsbury had a goal bound effort cleared off the line on 75 minutes, while Calne keeper Jamie Bartlett pulled off a smart stop to keep out substitute Henry Greenbury’s shot moments later.
But Calne continued to look dangerous on the counter and Hopkins was presented with a golden opportunity to break the deadlock on 81 minutes, but blazed over.
The same player then had chance to make amends for his earlier miss on 87 minutes after being released by Glenn Armstrong’s inch-perfect pass, but this time was denied by keeper Matthew Semple.
As the action turned from one end to the other, Agnew - who should himself have had a hat-trick - twice fired wide as both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.
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