HELLENIC LEAGUE: Sub Slinn saves the day
SUPERSUB Max Slinn scored twice in the last nine minutes as New College salvaged a point at Old Woodstock in Division One West.
At 3-1 down in the closing stages at New Road, matters looked grim for the students, but the 17-year-old central midfielder popped up with a well-taken brace to earn his team a 3-3 draw.
Kyle Pullen put the hosts in front three minutes in but just after the half hour mark, College’s Harry Myles placed a left-footed strike into the top corner.
Efforts from Marley Joseph and Pullen again gave Old Woodstock a two-goal advantage heading into the break, a lead they kept until deep into the second half.
With 81 minutes on the clock, Joey Hiscock charged to the by-line and pulled back for Slinn to stroke into the net.
And in the dying seconds, Connor Simpson crossed for Slinn to nod into the bottom corner.
“We were 3-1 down and not performing as well as we can, so to get two goals was the best thing that could have happened,” said Slinn.
“We showed a lot of heart and fitness in the game and deserved to get back in it.
“Last year I only scored three goals in the whole season and that was mostly playing in the Floodlit League.
“I’ve got a target which Howeller (Ian Howell, academy manager) set at the start of the season which is 10 goals, so hopefully I can do that.”
College boss Rob Hopkins felt his side deserved a point after looking a much-improved proposition in the second period.
He said: “In the first half we gifted them three goals with naive defending in terms of starting positions and reacting to first and second balls.
“We had a frank and positive discussion at half-time and things were 500,000 times better in the second half.
“Defensively we were a lot more switched on and made enough chances to get a point. With 15 minutes to go it was all us and only a matter of time.”
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