Playford 3 Martlesham Old Boys 3

Playford held to draw

The early stages of the match were evenly balanced with both sides cancelling each other out. Martlesham Old Boys went ahead from a corner. Eddie Barton's corner going straight in despite the best efforts of Sam Reach.

Playford were two down two minutes later, a break through the middle allowed the Old Boys striker to fire high and across Reach.

Playford were trying to play the ball around, with Luke Mallet looking particularly productive in the center of midfield. There were some nice triangle passing moves through the Playford middle but the finesse was sometimes missing.

On 30 minutes Craig Hazelwood kept Playford in the game with a superb back post header when under pressure from an Old Boys forward.

A couple of good moves for Playford did come along, the best begun with an inception in the Playford half by Luke Mallett. He and Ash King linked up before the ball reached Ryan Broadhurst in the center circle, he hit a ball in behind the Old Boys left-back with both Bingham and Tom Hunt just beaten to the ball by the onrushing goalkeeper.

Nick Bigham had a great chance to pull one back, played in by Shelcott, he superbly turned his man in the penalty and tried to curl the ball past the diving 'keeper. The 'keeper's strong hand on the ball saw Old Boys able to break and come very close to going three ahead. The break down left was almost met at the far post as the cross flashed across the face of goal.

Early in the second half, Bingham again twisted and turned in the penalty area before getting a shot on target but his effort was cleared off the line.

Ash King had a closed range effort saved by the goalkeeper. The resulting corner was misjudged by the goalkeeper and Hazelwood and Broadhurst were first to react to the ball being free, with Broadhurst having the final goalward touch.

Twenty minutes in and Playford were level a Shelcott corner was met by Hazelwood and his powerful header gave the goalkeeper no chance.

Old Boys regained their lead with minutes to go but Playford were not to be beaten and Ellis Rowland who had replaced King fired in a long range effort to equalise again.

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