Teversal left disappointed by Bottesford Town draw

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Teversal and Bottesford Town served up an excellent entertaining affair to draw 2-2.

The match followed the welcoming of the Notts FA Under 10 Sheild winners when the Tevie Boys youngsters returned to Carnarvon Street with the Shield which they had won that morning by beating Dunkirk 1-0 at Calverton Miners Welfare.

The senior game started off at a good rate with both sides playing entertaining football with the visitors looking threatening going forward. It was the home side though who went closest to opening their account on seven minutes when a Cockerill drove an inviting corner into the danger area with the ball being headed just wide.

Two minutes later it was a little clearer to see another opportunity go begging for the host, Pilmore had the initial effort that was blocked when the striker took too long with his effort, Tobin followed up and his effort was also blocked and then Danny Wilson’s effort saw the Bottesford defence hold firm again.

Bottesford were not to be out done and at the midpoint of the opening period they created their best opportunity in the first period when Gibbon’s delivered a perfect cross from the right flank. But this time it was the home defence who had to hold firm and Henshaw came up to the task by timing his defensive header to deny the attacking Mark La Rocca.

At the half-time break it was a surprise that the scores were level after both sides deserved to have something to show for the first half entertainment.

So it was no surprise to see the goals arriving in the second period. It took just three minutes from the restart when the visitors sent a ball over the home defence where Boulton was on hand to fire a good strike that forced Wilson down to his left to save, but the ball ran into the path of Dayle Hutson to smash home to the delight of the visitors.

With the pattern of play continuing in the entertaining manner of the first-half it was hoped that the goals would continue to raise the entertaining level even more and on 61 minutes it certainly was raised another level when Colin Cockerill levelled with an exquisite effort.

A well worked corner saw the Teversal Skipper receive the ball on the edge of the 18 yard box and produce the perfect chip that had accuracy, pace and guile to left Zand with no chance as the ball dropped into the net after clipping the underside of the bar.

The game was now even more open but maintained the balance of play and on 73 minutes Bottesford went close again when a superbly struck free-kick went marginally wide of the target.

Four minutes later Teversal had more luck with a free kick of their own when Cockerill fired in at the near post from the left side of the 18 yard box and Pilmore ghosted in at the near post to guide his effort past the stranded Zand to put the Tevie Boys in front with 13 minutes to play.

Teversal nearly sealed victory when another Cockerill delivery from corner found Swales attacking the cross delivered at the back stick, but the defenders powerful header went marginally wide to the relief of the visitors.

Bottesford however managed to pull the scores level with only three minutes left when a cross caught the usually reliable Henshaw misjudging the cross which allowed the smallest player on the park in Hutson to nip in and powerfully head home into the top corner leaving Wilson no chance has the scores were levelled at 2-2 and was possible a fair reflection on the entertaining affair.

For Teversal, the disappointing end to the season continues with this result now possible ending any hope of them finishing higher than the best ever of 12th at this level, which is a shame as their highest points total and overall performances have deserved a better finish and they have paid the price for not picking points up in games they should have and the last few games are the perfect examples of this.

The Tevie Boys travel to Bradford for their final away game of the current season on Saturday when they face promotion chasing Albion Sports with a 3pm kick off.

TEVERSAL: Jono Wilson, Will Harcourt, Jamie Goodacre, Danny Swales, Ross Henshaw, Gary Atkins, Colin Cockerill, Sean Dickinson, Greg Tobin (Robert Collins 60), Kye Pilmore (Jacob Ashley 86), Danny Wilson (Matthew Fletcher 63). Subs not used: Michael Hainsworth, Liam Wild.

BOTTESFORD TOWN: Robert Zand, Alex Hipkins, Adam Martin, Danny Blount, Carl La Rocca, Paul Morril, Dayle Hutson, Dominic Stones, Danny Boulton (Andy Williamson 81), Mark La Rocca, Danny Gibbons (Brett Canty 80). Subs not used: John Corbett, Dave Gilby.

REFEREE: Martin Watts of Derbyshire.

ATTENDANCE: 64.

SCORERS: Teversal: Colin Cockerill 61min., Kye Pilmore 77min. Bottesford Town: Dayle Hutson 48 and 87min.

MAN OF MATCH; Teversal: Colin Cockerill. Bottesford Town: Dayle Hutson.