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FOOTBALL: SHEERWATER managed to collect their first point at home this season against Epsom Athletic, but are still without a win four games into the new campaign, writes Lewis Winter.
With just two points heading into the game, the Sheers would have been hoping to put in a better performance in front of goal than in their previous games, which have seen them score just two so far. But unbeaten Epsom were going to be a tough test for the hosts, who are still gelling as an outfit.
The first half was goalless, but there were plenty of chances for both sides. The visitors hit the woodwork twice early on, and Sheerwater had glorious opportunities to break the deadlock through Jamel Rodney, Mel Taylor and Adam Toubal, but all three fluffed their lines to the frustration of boss John Cook.
After those openings weren’t taken by the Sheers, it was Epsom who capitalised, and on 53 minutes Ethan Welch converted a cross to put his side ahead.
Heads didn’t drop for the Sheers though, as youngster Kieran Higgins levelled it up on 76 minutes, before the visitors restored their lead less than a minute later through John Kennedy.
It was a crazy 15-minute spell in the game which saw Sheerwater once again equalise through Tony Gale on 80 minutes. The hosts had to dig in to see out the last 10 minutes of the game, with keeper Keith Archibald making two important saves late on.
Next up for Cook’s men is a trip to fourth-placed Banstead Athletic this Saturday, who have started the season surprisingly well this year, and sit fourth in the table.