Highworth Town 2-2 Blackfield & Langley
By Derek Lloyd
Worthians come from behind twice to secure a point
On a miserable autumnal afternoon at the SaveOnTyres Stadium the home side twice came from behind to share the spoils with Blackfield & Langley to whom they lost last Saturday in the BuildBase FA Trophy.
Highworth started the brighter and Callum Parsons and Toumani Sidibi both had chances to put the home side ahead but neither managed to do so, Parsons shooting at keeper Noice and Sidibi failing to hit the target.
Blackfield & Langley took the lead on 15 minutes when Worthians captain Wayne Turk was adjudged by referee Moore to have fouled Lerone Plummer in the penalty box and the striker got up and dispatched the spot kick. Most in the crowd of 89, including the contingent from Hampshire, seemed surprised at the penalty award but there was no changing the referee's mind.
Highworth as last week had most of the possession but again without really threatening the visitors goal although Sidibi should have done better when shooting wide after Blackfield & Langley made a complete mess of a short goal kick and Ash Edenborough was alert enough to beat keeper Noice to the ball before setting Sidibi up.
The Worthians equalised when Wayne Turk made no mistake with a header from a Sean Wood free kick on 42 mins.
The second half again started with Highworth on the front foot and Ash Edenborough struck the foot of a post on 48 mins.
The Blackfield & Langley long ball game caused no real alarms to Highworth who came close to scoring again when Edenborough (twice) flashed shots across the goal and Parsons shot narrowly over.
The second visitors goal was another strange affair on 75 minutes. A corner saw a forward fall to the round as the ball came in and for the second time in the afternoon Mr Moore pointed to the spot, (cue further astonishment all round), he later said Ryan Morgan had been seen to commit the foul. Makhloufi converted this time.
Connor Johns kept the deficit to a single goal with a fine diving save low to his right before Highworth equalised for a second time on 82 minutes. Sidibi chased a ball to the left hand corner flag, impressively wriggled his way along the goal line toward the near post before setting up Callum Parsons to tap in.
A hard earned point could easily have been 3 but still only 1 league defeat with 12 points from our 7 games. Next up Evesham United away next Saturday.