Ossett Albion end seven-match losing streak with battling derby point at Wakefield FC

LEVELLER: Wakefield FC goalscorer Tom Marsden
LEVELLER: Wakefield FC goalscorer Tom Marsden

Ossett Albion ended a run of seven straight defeats and moved off the bottom of Evo-Stik Division 1 North with a battling point at derby rivals Wakefield FC on Tuesday night.

Richard Tracey scored Albion’s first goal in eight matches to give the visitors a first-half lead at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium but Tom Marsden handed Paul Lines’s men a share of the spoils with a 75th-minute leveller.

The point was a much better one for Albion, who moved off the bottom thanks to Garforth Town’s failure to complete their match against Cammell Laird due to flodlight failure with the hosts 2-0 up.

The teams went into the derby clash on the back of differing weekend fortunes, with the Bears in confident mood thanks to an impressive 2-2 draw at promotion-chasing Mossley, while Albion made the short trip across the city on the back of a frustrating 1-0 home loss against Garforth that saw them slump to the basement.

The momentum was certainly with the hosts in the opening exchanges and Wakefield missed a glorious chance to open the scoring in the tenth minute.

Shequille Clark struck a shot just wide but the referee awarded a penalty for a foul in the build-up to the effort. Josh Grant stepped up but saw his tame effort saved by Jody Barford - who made his second penalty save in as many matches.

The save helped turn the flow of the game in Albion’s favour and after Marc Thompson fired an effort way over the bar, Darol Lucas hit the post with the visitors’ best chance of the match in the 25th minute.

The opener came just three minutes later as lax defending from Wakefield allowed Richard Tracey to nip in and fire a low shot beyond Bears goalkeeper Neil Bennett.

The visitors continued to carve out the best chances before half-time, with Tracey having a header comfortably saved by Bennett following good build-up play with Thompson, while former Wakefield player Adam Muller fired a long-range effort just wide.

The hosts improved in the second half and Caldon Henson fired an early warning shot wide two minutes after the restart.

Henson was at the heart of the majority of Wakefield attacks but it was Marsden who grabbed the leveller with ten minutes to go, capitalising on another defensive error to get the hosts back on level terms.

Albion were sparked into life for the last ten minutes but Wakefield survived a few defensive scares and both sides had to settle for a point.

Wakefield FC: Bennett, Ratcliffe, Cullen, Douglas, Fisher, Hitchings, Turner, Grant, Henson, Marsden, Clarke. Subs: Hague, Grant, Fieldhouse.

Ossett Albion: Barford, Nicholson, Sharman, Holt, Gay, Bowsley, Fox, Lucas, Tracey, Muller, Thompson. Subs: Kelly, Booker, Charlton, Downey, Hayton.

Ossett Town drew a blank against Harrogate Railway Athletic at Stade France on Tuesday night.

Craig Elliott’s men went into the match looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss at Goole at the weekend but could not find a way through the visiting defence.

The stalemate stretches Town’s winless run to three matches and they welcome Skelmersdale United to Ossett on Saturday.