Wroxham pegged back by 10-man visitors
Wroxham 2 Barkingside 2
Wroxham surrendered a two goal lead at home for the second successive week last night in a topsy turvy draw against 10-man Barkingside.
The Yachtsmen made a whirlwind start, Ross Durrant bagging two goals in the opening five minutes to settle the home side.
A burst down the left led to his first, with his apparent cross drifting across the box and into the far corner to opening the scoring in peculiar fashion.
It was the left hand side that again proved fruitful as he grabbed his second, this time Remy Gordon producing the ball for Paul Cook, whose shot was knocked into the path of Durrant for the striker to pass into the vacant net.
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Wroxham were dominating possession for long periods of the opening stages, with Barkingside struggling to cope with their attractive ball retention.
A red card for Paul Kavanagh for an elbow just before the break seemed to swing things further in Wroxham's favour, but a spirited Barkingside found two goals in three second half minutes through Toran Senghoe to turn the game completely on its head.
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Two counter-attacks undid the Yachtsmen in quick succession, the burly striker tapping in at the far post after a quick break down the right for his first, before finding space himself down the same side to round Luis Tibbles in goal and restore parity.
The game was becoming more stretched as the half wore on, with Wroxham lacking the killer instinct that was so apparent in the first half as they went in search for the winner, while the visitors continued to pose a threat with their counter-attacking play. And it was the visitors who almost grabbed a dramatic winner in the dying moments of the game, Sean Crossley with a header that was tipped over before a fierce ball in from the right clipped the bar in a frantic finale.
Wroxham now travel to Tilbury on Saturday, looking to overturn their recent run of seven league games without a win.
Wroxham: Tibbles, Pope (Cary 75), Halliday, Groves, Price, Harty (Smith 67'), Drake, Marsden, Cook, Durrant, Gordon.
Subs not used: Sanha, Sanders, Pelka.