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Tough test yields just a point

Monday, 19th October 2009.

Eastern Junior Alliance League U15s

Maldon 1
Haverhill Rovers 1

After four straight wins, Haverhill faced their toughest test to date. Maldon had pace and power and showed great determination to grab a point from the league leaders.

When you're at the top, people want to knock you down and the home-side tried their best. The Rovers took the lead in the 15th minute when Palmer played a great through ball for Bishop to run onto.

Bishop burst into the box and fired in a weak shot that bobbled over the goal line.

After this, Maldon upped their game. Tom Saville in goal was outstanding. Time and time again he showed a good pair of hands as he plucked every ball out of the air. The rest of the team, however, left little for the management team to smile about.

Maldon broke through on numerous occasions but were thwarted by the defence and the goalie. In the second half, Maldon pushed and pushed and got their rewards.

Billy Gage should have cleared but was caught out. From this the striker squared for an easy tap in. The berating that followed was a little draconian. Gage hasnít put a foot wrong all season but was unfortunate that his mistake led to the equalising goal.

The Rovers did respond but Bishop's effort was ruled off-side. Bishop then saw red as he picked up two yellow cards for dissent. At full time the visitors were treated to the hair drier but they still sit on top of the league.

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