CHAPEL TOWN 4, LEIGH ATHLETIC 4
Manchester Football League Division One
Saturday 23RD September, 2017
When you find yourself two down inside the first ten minutes, it might seem a bit of a strange thing to say that Leigh Athletic should have won this game, but it indeed was the case. The trek up to Chapel-en- le-Frith meant that the visitors were not relaxed and able to get into their stride until fully fifteen minutes had passed but slowly they began to get into the game, and slowly claw their way back in it only to throw it away again, not once but twice.
Eliot Patrick’s looping shot/cross/clearance found its way into the net on eighteen minutes to half the deficit and when the Chapel keeper saved spectacularly from Keeran Parker long range effort, Matthew Babilinski was quickest to react and equalised.
Leigh were now the better team, but four minutes from the interval another defensive lapse allowed the home team to go in 3-2 up.
Tom Sims was introduced early in the second half, as Patrick switched to a more rewarding wing back role, and Grady Mountford began to dominate down the left flank. It came as no surprise that Parker finally got the better of the Chapel keeper to level things up.
But not for long, another Chapel attack, another defensive mix-up, Athletic were behind again.
But this season, they don’t give up and with barely three minutes to go, Parker latched on to a long through ball to level it again at four-all.
No further scoring, although Patrick almost stole in to snatch a winner with a powerful header that went just over the bar.
In the end a fair result from two of the current top three in the league, and if Leigh can cut out the silly errors, which they undoubtedly will once everyone gets used to each other, there is no knowing where they can go. At the moment Leigh, going forward are a dream to watch at times, at the back it can be a nightmare.
STARTING LINE UP: Craig Holmes; Dave Dooley, Thomas Babilinski, Tom Scott; Grady Mountford, Milo Ogden, Elliot Patrick, Kerim Jones, Rob Henrys; Keeran Parker, Matthew Babilinski
SUBSTITUTES (Used): Thomas Sims
MAN OF THE MATCH: Tom Scott