Former Mansfield Town and Sheffield United player Curtis Woodhouse vented his anger on Twitter after his high-riding Hull United side lost two points and two players to red cards against gutsy Teversal.
When Woodhouse’s men hammered Teversal 5-0 at Carnarvon Street earlier in the season, the 35-year-old Woodhouse described it as “the easiest three points of the season”.
But as the ex-British light-welterweight champion settled down to watch a big night of boxing on TV on Saturday, he was in a very different mood. “Drew 2-2 today, down to nine men, poor performance, miles off it,” Woodhouse tweeted.
Teversal secretary Kev Newton replied, suggesting that the visitors “showed a bit more than you thought” and should be given some credit for their brave performance. But Woodhouse tweeeted back: “No”.
Sitting second in the First Division of the Toolstation Northern Counties East League, Hull would have regarded the game as a three-point banker, especially as they had won seven of their previous nine league games at their palatial KC Lightstream Stadium, home of Hull Kingston Rovers rugby league club.
The dismissals, on 56 minutes when 2-1 up, and on 82 minutes, just after Teversal had equalised, obviously didn’t help their cause. But the truth was that the away side caused them problems from the off and thoroughly deserved their point.
Indeed the visitors were ahead after only nine minutes when full-back Blake Vincent surged forward and after exchanging passes with Sean Dickinson, he picked out man-of-the-match Brad Cox, who took the ball in his stride before finishing calmly.
Hull levelled only two minutes later when a headed backpass by Keiran Coupe was misjudged by goalkeeper Dale Sheppard, who spilled the ball to the feet of Josh Tennant, who accepted his early Christmas box to tap into an empty net.
However, Teversal refused to let the blunder unhinge them, and Sheppard made amends with two stunning saves to deny Martin Foster and Tennant. It took a quality goal to edge Hull in front three minutes into the second period when Jordan Harrison unleashed a blistering low shot that flew in at the near post.
Eight minutes later, however, they were reduced to ten men when Eddie Birch received his second yellow card for a needless foul on Cox, and after fine stops at both ends, Teversal made them pay amid bizarre drama eight minutes from time. Cox was brought down in the area by Foster for a penalty that Gaz Atkins tucked away. In his frustration, Hull ‘keeper Phil Dobson smashed the ball up the park, only for it to accidentally hit referee Alex Sawden, who promptly showed the goalie a straight red! Cue wave after wave of pressure against the nine men, with a looping header by Cox somehow tipped over by the stand-in ‘keeper.