Brampton 3-3 Bar Hill

  1. Bar Hill came to Brampton 4 points behind us and a game in hand.  At the end of the ninety minutes nothing, rather surprisingly, had changed.

The home side started quickly and immediately put the visitors under pressure. After just 5 minutes after the ball rebounded off the bar into the six yard area, defender Sam Miles got a boot to it to give Brampton an early lead.

Just five minutes later some slick passing moves between Martin Turner, already causing problems for Bar Hill defenders, and Alex Shepherd playing on the left, led to a superbly taken goal by the latter with a fierce, well directed shot with the keeper in no position to attempt a save.

It looked as though Brampton were on a roll and it wasn’t until just before the whistle went for half-time that a defensive slip up enabled the visitors to slot home. However there was enough added-on time for the home side to go in 3-1 up. Here, your reporter, who was at the changing rooms, relies on reports which describes Sammy Argyle’s superb cross from the right, headed equally well by Sam Miles past the flailing arms of the Bar Hill keeper.

Here’s where the narrative changes; eager to add to their score Brampton, continuing to push, fell to a couple of sucker punches late on. Bar Hill, to their credit, also pressed forward and in a crowded goalmouth with 14 minutes to go made it 3-2 with a scrambled goal resembling Brampton’s first. The home sides’, defending, which in the first half had been solid, and short of a player after Shepherd’s second yellow and dismissal, allowed a break-away by a Bar Hill player who simply had to round Jordan Porter to level the score just short of full time.

Manager Wayne Ambler commented, “ It felt like we had lost the game rather than gained a point. We failed to shut-up shop when we were in front.” He named defender Sam Miles as his man of the match “for his two goals”

MoM Sam Miles