Last gasp goal gives Albion edge in derby clash at Town

Dominic Riordan was on target for Ossett Albion in the 3-2 win at Ossett Town. Picture: Andy Hirst.
Dominic Riordan was on target for Ossett Albion in the 3-2 win at Ossett Town. Picture: Andy Hirst.

A late goal by Rob Bordman earned Ossett Albion their eighth successive league win in Monday’s Evo Stik League First Division North derby game at Ossett Town.

Albion recovered from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 before Town’s David Brown scored a 59th minute goal to make it level pegging in front of a bumper crowd of 663.

Just when it looked as though lowly Town would earn a share of the points, Bordman popped up to bag his second goal of the game in the final minute to give Albion a 3-2 victory.

Albion retained third place in the table with their second league double of the season.

Town had the better of the first half in a sometimes scrappy game.

Bordman squandered a good early chance when he was through one on one but fired straight at Town goalkeeper Sam Leigh.

The home side snatched a 24th minute lead when Andy Hawksworth’s shot was deflected past Brett Souter in the Albion goal.

Albion were finding it hard to put their game together and were relying on the long ball.

However, they squared matters in the 33rd minute with Bordman’s first of the game.

When the ball came to him just inside the penalty area, he sent a looping header over Town’s stranded goalkeeper Leigh.

High-flying Albion dominated the first 15 minutes of the second period. Their pressure was rewarded when Bordman’s clever free-kick saw Albion club chairman Dominic Riordan head home to put the visitors ahead.

Town battled back excellenly. They made it 2-2 when the ball broke to Brown who hit the target.

Both teams went in search of a winner and it was Albion who managed it in the final minute when a free-kick from Kieran Thompson was headed across goal by Danny South to Adam Muller who headed it back into the area.

Bordman was the quickest to react and he fired the ball into the net.

Last Saturday, Town’s game at bottom team New Mills and Albion’s home fixture against Brighouse Town were postponed because of waterlogged pitches. This Saturday, Albion host Bamber Bridge and Town visit Mossley.