Waders earn great point at Redditch

Sam Merson
Sam Merson

Biggleswade Town bounced back to earn a 2-2 draw at second-placed Redditch on Saturday.

Any punter would have given the boys in green no chance having taken just the one Southern League Premier point from the wind affected game against Dunstable in recent weeks.

It is never boring watching Biggleswade and they never fail to surprise as they rapidly took the game to the home side. The Reds had their moments and even hit the post early on, but possession and territory really belonged to the boys from Biggleswade.

On 15 minutes Sam Merson jiggled and wriggled himself in to a position before firmly planting the ball past Veiga in the Red’s goal to put the Waders ahead.

The lead could have been doubled when Inih Effiong broke free with only the keeper to beat, but a tangle of legs and the ball went away for a corner. On 27 minutes Dubidat broke free to put a shot in past Ian Brown to level.

The home side had their best spells either side of half time with Brown performing his usual heroics. With the scores level players and supporters alike were happy to leave the cold for a short while.

Out for the second half and Redditch took up where they left off assaulting the Wader’s goal at every opportunity. On the hour Carline ran in unopposed to head in a corner that should have been cleared.

Back came the Waders. Hilliard, with the ball at his feet in the area, was upended and the man in black had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Shane Hill stepped up to send Veiga the wrong way and level the scores.

Redditch, desperate to hold their league position, pushed forward but were denied real goalscoring chances by, Brown and the resolute back four of Frater, Hoyte, Coulson and York.

With space appearing up the front end Merson and Effiong had great chances and on another day would have bulged the net, but today the width of the upright denied both.

A great all round performance and a tribute to the players and team management to recover so quickly after the disaster at Hitchin.

On Tuesday they host Chippenham.