HELLENIC LEAGUE: New College grab a point
NEW College continued their solid start to the season with a useful point on the road at Clanfield in Hellenic League Division One West.
Despite falling 1-0 behind in the second half, a Lee Toomey equaliser meant the students returned to Wiltshire with a share of the spoils.
College managed to earn a point despite the absence of boss Rob Hopkins, who was at a wedding, so coach Matt Cosnett took the reins for the day.
Cosnett was impressed with the display he witnessed and said his team had acted maturely in the face of wind-up tactics from the opposition.
“We should have won the game with the amount of possession we had, but it was a good point because they have beaten Fairford and Lydney who are top teams,” he said.
“Clanfield are going to be a hard team to beat as they play a direct game, so it wasn't a bad result.
“They were winding the players up physically and verbally, but that's part and parcel of the learning curve and they dealt with it.
“They kept their heads and just played their game, and I couldn't ask for much more with Rob being away.”
Clanfield took the lead around the hour mark when a blind pass was intercepted and the home player rounded keeper Alex Swatridge.
However, the lead was shortlived as smooth link-up play in midfield resulted in a delivery to the far post and Calum Courtney teed up Toomey for the leveller.
Cosnett singled out captain Swatridge for his performance after the point had been secured.
“Al had a brilliant game to be fair,” said Cosnett.
“He pulled off a few great saves and redeemed himself for 'losing' the armband last week.”
Elsewhere, Purton's hopes of maintaining their excellent start to the campaign hit the buffers as they were sunk 3-1 by Tuffley.
Recent signing Leigh Brown scored his first goal in two years, but that proved only a consolation as Purton were defeated at the Red House.
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