Wakefield Sunday League: Athletic pegged back after Ray Cheng goal
Wakefield Athletic let a lead slip as they drew 1-1 with Kirklands in their Group Two game in the Wakefield Sunday Inter League competition.
Both teams were evenly matched, but Kirklands posted an early warning when Craig Rafter broke away on the left and lobbed the on-rushing keeper Aaron Dooley only to see Kane Whittaker read the situation and clear the ball off the line.
Wakefield made inroads with some excellent possession football and a free-kick by the industrious Danny Jones found Levon Zserdicky who beat his marker only to see his tremendous effort hit the crossbar. Adam Eddison forced the home keeper into a full length save and a Danny Young effort sailed narrowly over.
Athletic took the lead in the 47th minute when Danny Jones’ free-kick was flicked in through a forest of bodies by Ray Cheng.
Kirklands fought back and levelled in the 69th minute as Luke Haigh headed home from rafter's well delivered corner.
Both sides fought hard for the winning goal on the hard playing surface at Lofthouse Colliery. Danny Jones saw his long range lob well saved while the best chance fell at the other end in the dying minute, but Athletic keeper Dooley came to the rescue with an exceptional save from a close-range effort.
Mikey Bell MOM was shared by Kane Whittaker, Mamadou Touray and Aaron Dooley.
Despite a dominant performance from Wakefield Athletic A they had to share the spoils in a 2-2 draw away at Westgate Common WMC in Group Six.
An error by stand-in keeper Eugene Agardo gifted the hosts the lead with their striker Daniel Hughes poking the loose ball home from close range.
Athletic hit back as 18-year-old striker Burhan Ahmed steered in a header from Hammad Ali’s free-kick.
But lady luck seemed to desert the Wakefield team as they created numerous chances but were unable to capitalise and had two penalty appeals felling to deaf ears.
Late drama saw Westgate nudge into a 2-1 lead through a Karl Nightingale penalty. But Athletic did not drop their heads and equalised in the dying minutes as debutant Usman Bashir flicked the ball in from an Ali set piece.
Mikey Bell MOM went to Rayhaan Pervaiz, Atif Din and Ali.
Wakefield Athletic’s third string scored four goals, but went down to a more experienced King George outfit in a Group Five fixture.
They went two down before an own goal from a Sam Murphy cross gave them a lifeline.
The second half saw James Lindsay, Adam Harrison and Jocob Laskowski netting, but more chances went begging and King George won 7-4 with Joe Turfery (three), Michael Watson, Lee Watson, Billy Wood and an own goal making up their tally. Mikey Bell MOM was Garry Harwood, Lindsay and Jake Stevens.
Nostell MW were held to a 1-1 draw in their inter league game with AFC Chickenley, Elliot Johnson scoring their only goal.
Tom Brook struck twice in the second half as Shepherd Arms won 2-1 away to Peacock.
Stanley United had to settle for a draw in a 2-2 result at home to Rock Inn Sundays, who had Liam Hirst on target twice.