Cockerill's late goals win it for patient Teversal
Patience was a virtue for Teversal as two late goals by Dave Cockerill finally broke the resistance of Holwell Sports and earned a 3-1 win in the East Midlands Counties League on Saturday.
The struggling Leicestershire outfit, who had won only one of their opening eight games, made the most of an early lead and were holding Teversal to 1-1 with only 11 minutes remaining.
But then the home side made their superiority count for a success that lifted them to fourth in the table, only two points behind leaders Blaby and Whetstone Athletic.
First Khyle Sargent, who had been a thorn in Holwell’s side, burst into the box and although he was halted by a mistimed challenge, Cockerill collected the loose ball to fire a thunderous effort into the net.
And then, in the 84th minute, man-of-the-match Cockerill struck again when a well-worked free-kick saw Kurt Bamford’s delivery powerfully headed past stranded ‘keeper Jordan Lawrance.
Holwell had grabbed the lead in the first minute after Sargent’s headed backpass had fallen short. And but for a save by Josh Turton, it could have been 2-0 moments later.
Teversal recovered, though, and Matt Wilkinson drilled an effort against the bar before the equaliser two minutes into the second period when the same player clinically volleyed home.
From then on, it was all Teversal, and Brad Cox was denied by both post and bar before James McCann blazed over an empty goal from only four yards.