Gamlingay maintain unbeaten run but held by Linton

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Gamlingay were forced to share the spoils 2-2 with Linton Granta in the Cambs Kershaw Premier on Saturday.

United welcomed Linton to The Eco on a blustery Saturday afternoon looking to keep their impressive run of form going in the lead up to the Christmas break.

With top goal scorer Leo Churms and the influential James Worboys both away, the return of Ben Walker and Tom Ray into the side was welcomed by the managerial duo of Alan Walker and Matt Steele.

It was the hosts who started brightest as they looked to make the most of the wind at their backs. The visitors were under the cosh early in the half when the home side won a succession of corners but, despite some quality deliveries from Ashley Dean, the Linton defence managed to keep them out.

However, it was from another Dean corner that the Linton resistance was finally broken. As was the case when the sides met a month ago, Dominic Ascroft-Walker rose highest to power a header home and give United a deserved lead.

The visitors were almost back on level terms midway through the half when they saw a shot from a tight angle come back off the post.

Gamlingay doubled their lead just before the half when Harry Kennedy, who was leading the line for the first time this season, left the keeper with little chance with a superb finish.

The hosts knew that the second half would be a struggle as they battled against both the wind and a Linton side who have really stepped up a notch in recent weeks after an uncharacteristically poor start to the season.

Linton’s top scorer, Dale Archer, had struggled to find much space in the first hour as Edi Careless, who has reinvented himself in recent weeks, was making a nuisance of himself and giving him no time. However, a change in tactics from Linton came up trumps as moments after being moved up top, Archer found the half a yard of space he’d been looking for and curled an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

It was a bit of a backs-to-the-wall job for the home side following the goal as Granta looked for the equaliser and, with 15 minutes remaining, a lapse in concentration in the Gamlingay defence afforded substitute Steven McNicholas the time and space to equalise.

The momentum was fully with the visitors now and they looked most likely to grab all 3 points, and were it not for Aaron Loney making two brilliant saves in the final stages of the match they probably would have done so.

As it was the game finished all square at 2-2, which was probably a fair result.

Man of the match was awarded to Aaron Loney whose saves at the death ensured Gamlingay kept their unbeaten run going.

Gamlingay travel to Cambridge City Reserves on Saturday, December 5.