Stags claim a draw at Loughborough

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Kimberley Town made their first visit to ‘The Drome’ and came away with a draw in their latest pre-season friendly.

A depleted Stags side took to the field in overcast conditions, in a game which flowed from end to end with neither side taking advantage.

That was until a lapse in concentration from the Kimberley defence allowed Loughborough’s winger to intercept and he ran on through the heart of the defence before smashing home the opener.

As the game wore on it looked likely that the home side were going to hold on for a win.

But with 15 minutes to go, a break on the right into the Loughborough box saw the Leon Aikman brought down and the referee pointed straight to the spot.

Red Wilmott stepped up and buried the ball into the goalkeeper’s bottom left corner.

Five minutes later Kimberley had another penalty appeal turned down, but in the dying minutes they were indeed then awarded a second spot-kick.

Wilmott stepped up once more and hit the ball in exactly the same position as before but this time the keeper matched him with a superb save to keep the sides level.

Once again a good work-out for Kimberley as they prepare for their first league game on August 20 at Belper United, kick-off 3pm.