Hamilton Wanderers 1 ECB 1 played 20/08/2016 at Porrit Stadium

For the third consecutive year Bays and Wanderers battled out a draw at Porrit Stadium. The difference from the previous two encounters was that goals were scored.  The football on show was no better.


Wanderers are flirting with relegation and like Bays have several players out with injury. There was a sense of urgency and desperation in much of their play with chances snatched at and put wide. They attacked from the opening whistle but didn’t really look like scoring whereas Bays won a free kick in the ninth minute and Dylan Stansfield’s shot hit the crossbar and slid over. Andrew Mobberley then drew a smart save from keeper Matt Oliver.


At the other end, Jama Boss was getting in position but couldn’t get past the safe hands of Michael Williams.


Stalemate was broken after 33 minutes when John White made a break down the left flank, crossed the ball to Joe Bresnahan who smashed the ball home past an unsighted Oliver to give Bays the lead somewhat against the run of play.


Wanderers best chance came four minutes later after Williams blocked the initial strike and saw the rebound hit into the side netting.


Half time came with Bays holding the lead.


The football didn’t get any better in the second half. Bresnahan had another drive saved and Sunny Singh missed a great chance when he blazed high over the bar as Wanderers continued to be poor in front of goal.


Their best chance came with fifteen minutes to go when an Alexi Varela free kick hit the upright and went for a goal kick, but three minutes later they were awarded a surprise penalty and Bailey Webster equalised from the spot.


There was a lot of huffing and puffing over the final minutes but neither goal was really in danger and it finished honours even with a valuable away point for Bays.


Team: Williams, Kadiya, Kolston (Peat 56), Robinson, White, Bresnahan, Damon (Archer 88), McKeown,  Barnett, Stansfield, Mobberley.


Goals:  Bresnahan 33


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