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A 90th minute penalty cost Bays two points and left them with a sense of injustice after they had two good shouts denied at the other end. The referee had originally waved away the Wanderers appeal only to be convinced by his assistant to change his mind and Wanderers equalized from the spot.
Injuries saw Alec Solomons and Dillon Barnett sidelined and with Milos Nokolic signing professional terms with a Serbian Premier team and Leigh Kenyon away with the Nike Cup side in Manchester, the squad was somewhat depleted. As a result, Nathan Buswell from the Under 17’s and Julyan Halkyard from the Reserves made their first team debuts from the bench and both acquitted themselves well.
It was great to see sunshine after a particularly wet period with a spongy surface at Porritt Stadium and both sides eager for a game of football. Wanderers were first on attack, Bays countered, Wanderers replied, Bays won the ball, Joe Bresnahan put a pass through to Dan Peat who took off down the left flank, crossed the ball and an under pressure Wanderers defence put the ball into their own net to give Bays a seventh minute lead..
Jason McKeown was just wide with a drive two minutes later and Chris Trent was put through by Peat only to have his shot deflected for a corner.
At the other end of the park, Aidan Gwilt pulled off a great save to deny former Bays player Ricky Broderson.
Bays went two up in the 24th minute when Dan Morgan made a run down the left flank. His cross eluded the Wanderers defence, but not Jeff Campbell wide on the right who made no mistake with a drive from an acute angle.
Peat was wide with another chance before Wanderers broke free after Morgan was robbed of the ball and Dave smith pulled a goal back with a fine drive that gave Gwilt no chance,
Play surged back and forth without addition to the score before the halftime break.
The injury curse struck Bays just after the start of the second half with Morgan force from the field with a twisted ankle and Julyan Halkyard came on a replacement.
Nathan Buswell brought out the best from Wanderers keeper Max Tommy, who did well to turn away his shot, Bresnahan was pulled down in the box but the referee wasn’t interested, and Buswell also went down after a clumsy tackle but to no avail.
The second half was coming to an end with Bays comfortably holding on to their lead, but as in the earlier game between the two sides, the game was going down to the wire. A late surge by Wanderers saw a shout by their players for a penalty. The referee wasn’t interested but his assistant flagged and after consultation the penalty was awarded and the score leveled.
Team: Gwilt, Forrest, Beguely, Zoghby, Morgan (Halkyard 49), Bresnahan, McKeown, Campbell, Pilkington (Sheehan 72), Trent (Buswell 57), Peat
Scorers: og 7, Campbell 24