Late goal clinches draw in Thornwell Caldicot match
5:06pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Sport
Thornwell Red & White 3 Caldicot Castle 3
A LATE Matthew Divers goal, hotly disputed but ruled legal by the referee, saw honours even in the first local derby of the season.
Despite the controversy, Castle manager Dave Adamson refused to complain, even though the two dropped points would have seen his side go fourth in the table.
“It was an even match, we took the lead three times but each time Thornwell pegged us back,” Adamson said.
“Over a season, these debatable offside decisions even out. We’ll get some decisions against us but we’ll get some in our favour so I’m not going to whinge about it.
“We were awful in the first half but thankfully Joe O’Brien is on fire at the moment.”
His opposite number, Ian Stafford, believed his side had created more chances and should have won.
“We gave away three sloppy goals and we have to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” he said.
Castle started well, striker Joe O’Brien opening the account with a fierce drive but Luke Spires lived up to his name, rising high to nod home a cross from the left.
Castle keeper Dave Hayward breathed a sigh of relief when a low shot squirmed out of his grasp and ballooned over the bar and home keeper Dan Northey was quickly off his line to smother a cross with O’Brien lurking.
Castle regained the lead when the ball ran loose at a corner and, with Northey grounded, Craig McCluskey won the race to lash the ball into the net.
Tom Chappell equalised soon after half-time then O’Brien again beat Northey with a near-post drive.
It seemed luck was against Red & White until Divers, appearing to be a couple of yards offside rose to nod a deep cross over the advancing Hayward and into the far corner.
Meanwhile, Mathern recorded their first Gwent County League victory of the season, 4-1 at home to Pontypool United, thanks to goals from Ieuan Diyaolu, Billy Jeffery, Elliot Greening and Wayne Duffield.
Joint manager and coach Dean Thomas was delighted, especially after a routine perfected on the training ground paid off with a goal.
“It was another good performance from the boys, but this time we finished our
chances, and dominated from the start,” he said.
“But we have used 25 players already this season, because of work commitments and injuries and it would be good to be able to put out a settled side.”
The only dampener on a good performance was an injury to Tom Marmont who suffered a broken jaw after being elbowed in an aerial duel.
Joe O’Brien puts Caldicot Castle ahead in the derby match at Thornwell
Thornwell’s Matthew Divers salvaged a point with a hotly-disputed late goal.
Action from the Thornwell v Caldicot Castle Gwent County League clash.