Eastwood produce stirring comeback to earn a point

Dave Worger (left) closes in on a Sherwood player. Photo by Dave Mee.
Dave Worger (left) closes in on a Sherwood player. Photo by Dave Mee.

A tremendous second-half display from Eastwood earned them the unlikeliest of draws as they came from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 with Sherwood Colliery on Saturday.

Sherwood have started the season as one of the favourites to win the league and they set about showing exactly why when a slip from Eastwood captain Jack Havron let Triston Burrell in to open the scoring.

Alarm bells began to ring for the hosts when Sherwood squandered a similar chance and were beginning to boss the game. The visitors were more lethal at their second time of asking and Burrell was on hand when Eastwood keeper Ed Ridley pushed a shot away into his path.

Sherwood started the second-half the stronger team and Lucan Barker had Eastwood reeling with a 30 yard screamer that hit the inside of the post and found the back of the net after two minutes.

Eastwood weren’t going to go down without a fight and Dave Worger offered a lifeline with a delightfully curled free-kick that had the keeper beaten.

The game had become a very open, end-to-end encounter and one particular highlight summed this up perfectly. Dave Worger broke forward with pace and failed to find a man in the area. Immediately the Sherwood keeper launched their own counter attack that Lee Easom finished off.

The turning point of the game came when Jordan Leeming gave away a penalty in the 70th minute and had Eastwood fearing the worst. Young goalkeeper Ridley had been brought in to replace Andy Fretwell and his penalty save drew a roar from the Eastwood faithful and instilled belief in their players.

New signing Matt Brian showed his pedigree when he got on the end of a dangerous cross from Worger and put a powerful header beyond the Sherwood keeper to set up an exciting final 15 minutes.

Eastwood’s third came from another new boy as Krashiqi Ndreqim was played in by Elliott Pitt and he showed his lethal touch to put the home team within touching distance.

Brian then popped up again five minutes from time to send Coronation Park into raptures, another header putting his side on equal terms as he ran over to celebrate with his new fans andEastwood hung on for an incredible comeback.

*Eastwood followed that game up with a 2-2 draw at Matlock Town Reserves on Tuesday night, an injury-time equaliser denying them victory after Dave Worger and Matt Brian had given them a 2-1 lead.

Paul MacFarland’s men travel to Southwell City on Saturday.