Mildenhall share the spoils
Felixstowe & Walton United 2, Mildenhall Town 2For the second time this season these sides couldn't be separated, writes Liam Apicella.Goals from Mildenhall substitutes Aaron Turner and David Cooper looked to have handed the visitors all three points, but Allicion Blake and Scott Wark had other ideas.
Felixstowe & Walton United 2, Mildenhall Town 2
For the second time this season these sides couldn't be separated, writes Liam Apicella.
Goals from Mildenhall substitutes Aaron Turner and David Cooper looked to have handed the visitors all three points, but Allicion Blake and Scott Wark had other ideas.
The first-half was a drab affair, with both sides only registering one real goalscoring chance apiece.
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With six minutes gone Mildenhall centre back Sean Hefferon rose highest to meet Jamie Thurlbourne's corner, but he powered his header over from close range.
Up the other end Blake raced through onto a long ball and with Pope stranded, he lifted his effort inches wide of goal.
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The game sprung to life in the 51st minute with introduction of Turner and Cooper. The pair breathed life into the Mildenhall performance and within five minutes Turner had fired the away side in front.
Kyle Parish released John Sands down the right, who controlled the ball before raiding into the box. The striker showed great awareness to pick out Turner with a low pass, and the former Soham Town Rangers man rolled the ball left-footed past Liam Jones from 10 yards.
The setback spurred Felixstowe into action, and within six minutes they were level with a goal of real quality. Blake won possession 30 yards from goal, and after weighing up his options, sent a curling effort over Pope and into the top corner of the net.The home side failed to build on their equalizer, with Mildenhall firmly in charge of the encounter.
And with nine minutes remaining that pressure finally told. A nice passing move resulted in James Paterson being hauled to the ground after a challenge from behind by Luke Read. Cooper kept his cool from the spot, dispatching his penalty kick beyond the reach of Jones.
That penalty looked to have given Mildenhall the victory, but as stoppage time approached, Felixstowe grabbed a leveller. Pope and Dave Werthmann had done well to deny substitute Keith Hethrington, but when the ball was thrown back into the box, a header from Scott Wark grazed the head of Werthmann before looping over Pope and into the net.