Langford share points in six goal thriller

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Langford’s perseverence paid off on Saturday as they earned a 3-3 draw at home to New Bradwell St Peter in the SSML Division One.

New Bradwell started attacking from the off, as if they had a point to prove having lost their manager and a number of mainstream players earlier in the week.

Warren Garcia shot wide as New Bradwell continued to keep most of the possession and attack. Langford clawed their way into the game, but much of the play was in midfield with neither team seemingly able to create any goal scoring chances.

Nathan Mallett, showing signs of things to come, had a good run but his shot was blocked by Ryan Thrussel in the Bradwell goal. Langford tried to play good passing football, through their midfield, while Bradwell were all long balls, in behind the Langford defence for their forwards to run onto.

In the 26th minute Stephen Brooks beat two Bradwell defenders and was bought down on the corner of the Bradwell penalty area. Up stepped Gareth Hunt to put the kick over the wall and into the far top corner of the net, beyond a despairing keeper for 1-0.

The Reds continued to press, but allowed Bradwell back into the game. Ashley Bench had a shot well saved by Aaron Bodger in goal, but on 40 minutes James Atherton shot Bradwell level.

Langford attacked and on the stroke of halftime Nathan Mallett ran onto a through ball from Ryan Nicholl and shot them back into the lead.

Both teams started the second half looking for another goal, and it was Langford making the best chances, then in the 55th minute, slightly against the run of play, Warren Garcia shot Bradwell level again, through a tangle of legs passed the unsighted keeper 2-2.

Six minutes later a cross from the right found James Atherton unmarked at the far post for a tap in to put the visitors ahead for the first time.

Langford never gave up, and had the best of the play. In the 67th minute Nathan Mallett again latched onto the through ball, this time from Gareth Hunt and calmly despatched his shot past the Bradwell keeper.

The match continued to produce end to end football, both teams making chances, but neither able to score.

Langford are in Beds Senior Trophy action on Saturday, October 3 when they are at home to Marston Shelton.

Langford: Aaron Bodger, Nathan Larkier, Dan Eely, Luke Nicholl (capt), Kyle Dean, Ryan Nicholl, Gareth Hunt, Stephen Brooks, Nathan Mallett, Matt Kenneford, Jack Brown.

Subs; Kyle Watson (used), Connor Waite, William Sells.