Blues flatter to deceive
Arlesey Town 1 Aveley 1 The ultimate game of two halves saw the Blues take a point from their mid-table rivals. Arlesey had a pretty good first 45 minutes followed by a pretty dismal second period. The home side were dominant early on although Antony Ayle
Arlesey Town 1 Aveley 1
The ultimate game of two halves saw the Blues take a point from their mid-table rivals.
Arlesey had a pretty good first 45 minutes followed by a pretty dismal second period.
The home side were dominant early on although Antony Aylett caught the Blues defence napping but chose to square the ball instead of shooting.
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Then some nice interplay down the left saw Craig Rydeheard's angled shot graze the Aveley bar.
Arlesey went ahead in the 37th minute as Lee Tekell exchanged passes with Darran Hay before shooting from a long way out. Goalkeeper Marc Palmer could only parry the shot into the path of Wayne Mills who gleefully netted.
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A dazzling run from Aylett should have seen Aveley draw level but his bobbling shot just went wide of the post.
The second half was a bit of a disaster after Mills poked a shot too high as Aveley were pegged back at the start.
A sloppy clearance by the Blues almost gifted the visitors a goal, Jack Rashid saving superbly to push Aylett's powerful shot round the post.
Aveley put Arlesey on the back foot and continued to pile on the pressure.
A long deep free-kick from Aveley's Liam Francis bounced across a crowded six-yard box and into the net in the 63rd minute to level the scores.
Rashid then collected a low dangerous cross and took a nasty kick in the head for his troubles which meant he was taken to hospital for treatment.
Reserve keeper Luke Bliss was named as a substitute and came on in his place.
A shot destined for the Arlesey net was headed away for a corner by an alert Richard Beckett and then a long shot had Bliss going back to push the ball over the bar.
More Arlesey substitutions saw Jack Mitchell and Arin Fehmi on for Mills and Gordon Barr.
Arlesey did not mount a serious threat on the Aveley goal after the opening moments of the half and were unable to muster a shot on goal during the second 45 minutes.
Bliss was the keeper called into action again, palming a shot around the post for a corner.
Blues: Rashid (Bliss), Reed, McElroy, Barr (A Fehmi), Dogbe, Beckett, Charambous, Tekell, Hay, Mills (Mitchell), Rydeheard.