Ten-man Teversal cling on to draw and top spot

Ten-man Teversal clung on to top spot at the start of their maiden season in the East Midlands Counties League after a match littered with controversy and frusration at Barrow Town.

Monday, 28th August 2017, 1:54 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 11:57 am
Action from Teversal's 1-1 draw at Barrow Town (PHOTO BY: Keith Parnill)

Teversal were held to a 1-1 draw by the Leicestershire strugglers, who have yet to win this term. But they left Riverside Park relieved because they had to play fully 65 minutes a man short after the disputed sending-off of James McCann.

All McCann did was take protective action, with his arms down, when a thunderous shot from 12 yards smashed against him. But the referee deemed that he had deliberately handled and not only awarded Barrow a penalty but also showed the Teversal man a red card.

Ben Law stepped up to clinically finish the spot-kick, sending ‘keeper Warren Squires the wrong way, and the hosts had cancelled out Teversal’s opening goal, which had come just moments earlier in the 33rd minute.

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This goal also had an element of the bizarre to it. Blake Vincent delivered a free-kick into the box that ‘keeper Jake Hilton tried to punch a clear, only for the ball to strike one of his own defenders and drop to Dave Cockerill, who had a simple task to knock it home from three yards.

The first half-hour had been a scrappy, unbalanced affair, with unforced errors, as both sides gave away possession far too easily. After the goals, the match turned into a farce, with a stop-go pattern of play that made for dull entertainment.

With the extra man, Barrow saw more of the ball, but they failed to force Squires into a single save of note. Instead the biggest talking points were three refereeing decisions relating to two more penalty shouts and a disallowed goal.

The ref correctly waved play on when a shot by Cockerill was accidentally handled by a home defender, but he then denied Barrow what looked to be a clear penalty when Sam Beaver was tugged by Teversal substitute Brett Watson.

The controversy continued ten minutes from time when another visiting sub, Josh Radford, thought he’d scored a dramatic winner after a clash with ‘keeper Hilton, but it was ruled out for handball.

TEVERSAL LINE-UP -- Squires/ Bacon, Vincent (Watson 55), Lavelle, Laister, Sargent, McCann, Wilkinson, Fletcher (Radford 62), Cockerill, Bamford. Subs not used: Newton, Griffiths, Tighe.