Arlesey undone by late equaliser
PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 January 2011
Town remain second in Zamaretto Division One Central
Aylesbury 2 Arlesey Town 2
ON a bitterly cold but on a well-grassed if bumpy pitch, Arlesey lined up for the fourth time this season against Aylesbury but for the first time were unable to beat their opponents.
It took until the first minute of first half injury time for the deadlock to be broken, and the visitors were the team that did it.
Arlesey won a free kick 25 yards from the Aylesbury goal and Lee Allinson floated the ball to Derek Brown at the far post who headed it on for James Gray to ghost in and volley past the stranded goalkeeper.
The hosts began the second half with the bit between their teeth, and they made the most of it when Glen Hawkins headed them level before most people in the ground had returned from their half time cup of tea.
Both teams continued to look for a winner, and Arlesey were handed a chance to go ahead when Joel Mason was pulled down in the box on 56 minutes and Allinson converted to make it 2-1.
With time running out Aylesbury saw a headed chance cleared off the line but in the confusion that led to the chance there were loud shouts for an infringement.
The referee ruled against Arlesey, and in particular Gray who, the official said, had handled the ball, and was sent off as a result.
The home side were awarded the penalty in the last minute of normal time and Daniel Mead stepped up and fired past Hayward for the draw.
Arlesey: Hayward, Gray, Perpetuini, Leach, Brown, Allinson, Mason (Reynolds, 71), Sinclair, O’Brien (N Leach, 90), Hunt (Abbey, 77), Goss. Subs: Leach, Seanla, Ender.