Gladiators pegged back by Albion

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Ossett Albion 2 Matlock T 2

by Ian Richardson

Matlock twice led but could have no complaints at having to settle for a draw from a useful and competitive visit to Evo-StikFirst Division North side Ossett Albion on Saturday.

New midfielder Liam Needham forced home custodian Adam Rhodes into action early on while Matlock’s Jon Kennedy saved from Brad Riley twice.

Matlock then assumed control and after several good openings, many falling to Danny Holland, Anton Foster poked a low shot under Rhodes following indecision in the home defence a minute before the interval to edge Matlock in front.

Oscar Radford tried his luck from distance only to see the ball sail comfortably too high as the second-half got under way but warning signs for Matlock were soon evident.

Riley forced Kennedy to push away his shot for a corner from which Matlock broke swiftly for Holland to shoot over after an intelligent pull back from substitute Darryl Thomas.

But another Albion corner saw them draw level on 53 minutes, a flick on at the near post being met by Owen who netted with a firm downward header.

Matlock needed just 90 seconds to regain the lead as Thomas’s pace saw him break clinically through the Albion rearguard and score with a thumping drive in off the underside of the bar.

Kennedy then saved from Kevin Quinn one-on-one while Joe Leesley drove wide from 25 yards for Matlock, but Albion levelled when Noble wriggled along the edge of the box from the right before burying a crisp low shot past Kennedy in the 74th minute.

Quinn nearly had Albion in front moments later, but ultimately the honours would be shared.

Matlock: Kennedy, Harcourt, Featherstone, A Foster, Haggerty, Radford, Gregory, Ashmore, Holland, McMahon, Needham. Subs used: Leesley, Thomas, White, Davies, Gaughan, Snodin.