FOOTBALL: Yeardley fuming over Ibis 'thugs'
1:20pm Monday 9th September 2013 in Sport
WOOTTON Bassett skipper Steve Yeardley slammed Highmoor’s players as ‘thugs’ after the teams battled out a fractious 2-2 draw at Palmer Park on Saturday.
Bassett held on for a point in a Hellenic Premier clash that saw 12 yellow cards and one red dished out, with the visitors’ Ryan Stanners dismissed late on for his second bookable offence.
And Yeardley was pleased to escape from Berkshire with a point, safe in the knowledge that the away trip would not have to be repeated again in the league this season.
“We were playing a bunch of thugs. They were just there to intimidate the lino, the ref, the players, everyone,” said Yeardley.
“I’m just glad we got that journey out of the way as it’s a horrible place to go.
“We weren’t intimidated and as we have a few stronger heads in our team it wasn’t too bad - myself, Shaun Terry and Shaun Carter - so it wasn’t too big a problem for us.
“They had eight booked out of 11 so the only ones who didn’t get booked were the goalkeeper and two other players. It was like a Sunday League match.”
Six yellow cards were dished out in the first period, with Adam Corcoran’s booking leading to the first chance of the game as Phillip John crashed a free kick just over.
Winger Jordan Brown then cut inside and drilled a goalbound effort that keeper Steve Allison required two attempts to collect.
It was the visitors that took the lead when Sam Ockwell’s free kick was headed over stopper Lee Johnson by his own defender, allowing Shaun Carter to nod into the empty net.
Making his first start, Lewis Chatwin had a good chance to double the advantage before a long-range effort from Jordan Roberts brought an acrobatic save from Johnson.
Nine minutes before the break, Highmoor got their equaliser. Johnson threw out to Peacock on the right flank and the midfielder charged forward before crashing a 20-yard drive home at the near post.
Peacock and Brown both made Allison’s life uncomfortable after the break and Lyden also came close, only denied by a well-timed tackle from Carter.
Bassett dealt their hosts a sucker punch just after the hour mark as Roberts switched play to Sam Packer with a swift free kick and the latter slid through for Chatwin, who slotted past Johnson.
Allison had his fingertips stung by Brown before the home side got their second equaliser of the game in cheap fashion.
Dropping into midfield, John had plenty of space to run into and he rifled an unstoppable strike into the net from 30 yards.
Despite Stanners’ second yellow card for failing to retreat 10 yards at a free kick in the dying seconds, Bassett held on for a point.
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