Warlingham FC 3 Eversley FC 3By James Griffin
March 26, 2012
For the second game in succession, the Boars overturned an early deficit to stay in contention for fourth place in Combined Counties Division 1.
Some kamikaze defending and a complete lack of shape at the back made it easy pickings for Warlingham as they raced in to a three-goal lead inside half an hour with goals from Liam Neaves, Liam Giles and Stefan Joseph.
Had it not been for a couple of excellent stops from Richard Shelley in the Eversley goal in could have been worse, before Ben Clarke’s excellent 20 yard half volley gave the visitors hope just before half-time.
A rejigging of the back four saw Paul Denness move into the centre, with Sam Jeffrey coming on at left-back.
Straight away the team looked more solid and slowly confidence started to grow.
Stephen Taylor and Bradley Cann got a grip of the midfield and the supply to Matt Stamp and Matt Baker up top started to flow.
Taylor saw his header from a Stamp free kick go just wide and Nathan Thomas should have slotted home from six yards but failed to beat the Warlingham keeper.
Then on 63 minutes a moment of magic came from Baker as he picked the ball up 30 yards out, jinked past one defender and unleashed an unstoppable drive into the top corner to make it 3-2.
It was now all Eversley and though Warlingham were still dangerous on the break, at last Eversley looked like they could cope at the back.
This confidence allowed Cann to drive forward at every opportunity and the equaliser looked just a matter of time.
To their credit Warlingham reorganised themselves and defended stoutly, but just when it seemed they would hang on, Taylor was pushed over in the box.
There was never any doubt Baker would score from the spot and a point was salvaged.
Eversley: Shelley, Morgan, Denness, Cooper (Jeffrey), Reeves, Thomas, Clarke, Taylor, Stamp, Baker, Cann