ALTRINCHAM HALE 3, LEIGH ATHLETIC 3
Saturday 29th July, 2017
The cliché “A game of two halves” has never been more apt and Leigh Athletic produced their worst performance of the season and possibly their best in two very contrasting forty-five minutes.
With the line-up affected by injury, illness and unavailability, the first half was completed at walking pace as Athletic went through the motions as if it was a training exercise. Injury ten minutes in to debutant Liam Spencer didn’t help. He tried to soldier on but to no avail. It was no surprise that Leigh were two down at the interval.
The second period started more brightly for Athletic and slowly they began to assert themselves on the game. However, just as it looked as if they were getting themselves back into the game they conceded a third goal from the penalty spot.
But Leigh refused to concede the game and on sixty-five minutes Tom Scott’s piledriver from the edge of the box found its way into the back of the net to reduce the deficit. Bradley McColl added a second on seventy minutes and all of a sudden Altrincham began to look jittery and Leigh took the game by the scruff of its throat.
Thomas Babilinski hit the bar, Ash Glover headed just wide and McColl almost scored his second in a frantic search for the equaliser.
It came five minutes from time when Scott Hough beat the Hale offside trap and crossed for Adam Jones to maintain his recent goalscoring form and bundle the ball over the line.
Leigh pressed for the winner and came close but not close enough. In the end a draw salvaged from the jaws of defeat showed resilience and determination. Both will be needed at some point over the coming season.
STARTING LINE UP: Craig Holmes; Grady Mountford, Ash Glover, Ben Canny, Thomas Babilinski; Adam Jones, Scott Hough, Bradley McColl, Sam Rowlands, Tom Scott; Liam Spencer
SUBSTITUTES (Used): Dale Zinyemba
SUBSTITUTES (Unused): Kevin Hough
MAN OF THE MATCH: Tom Scott