Costessey Away2 min read
In what always looked like it would be a feisty game following an eventful cup match at the back end of the year, started as exactly that. A tussle broke out just 2 minutes in, and was a sign of things to come for the rest of the game. In the 20th minute, a tackle from Brad Cannell unfortunately found the ball bouncing to a waiting Costessey winger, who slotted away a cool finish from the edge of the box, 1-0 Costessey. A change of formation on the 30 minute mark from Manager Derrick Johnson moved RB Jamie Dugdale out to the right wing, where just a couple of minutes before half time he found himself in the right hand side of the box at a tight angle, and fired home off the far post, 1-1 HT.
The second half started exactly the same, with big tackles flying in from both sides. Callum Cockram was subbed on in the 50th minute, and within seconds found himself making an impact and nearly finding the net, a chip over the keeper rebounded from the bar, and an excellent sliding tackle from a Costessey defender stopped a certain goal off the line on the follow up. 55 minutes on the clock, and the home side struck yet again, a drilled finish from 12 yards from a bouncing ball in the box left keeper Jamie Emerson with no chance, despite previously pulling off some superb saves, 2-1 Costessey. Time ticked by, and more big challenges flew in, leading to some very animated players and benches alike. With just two minutes left on the clock, Costessey took it the corner to try and see the game out, but full back Ryan Stannard who has been so reliable this season nicked the ball, and set Callum Cockram away on a counter. The ref with his whistle to his mouth allowed a few more seconds of play, which ended with a Costessey winger pulling down the Hockering front man in a last ditch attempt just outside the box. Up stepped Tom Stones, on the right side of the box, 22 yards out, and with the last kick of the game delivered a pinpoint free kick into the top corner, just getting through the keepers finger tips, providing the Hockering equaliser, 2-2.
An exciting finish to a tough game, and probably a fair result for both sides, meaning the spoils were shared at longwater lane,
and keeps momentum onto Hockerings Cup Semi-Final next weekend.