Stansfeld drop two points in foggy conditions

Sports Desk (21 December, 2016) Football Grassroots

Stansfeld lose a commanded lead before Gamble's dismissal

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Ten-man Stansfeld suffered more controversy on Saturday as they gave a two-goal lead away at Crockenhill in a game that was played in thick fog.

The visitors started the brighter, dominating proceedings from the very first whistle, with Billy Shinners and Harry Gamble both going close with efforts inside the first 10 minutes.

Shinners had another couple of half chances before eventually opening the scoring with a low drive that left the Crockenhill keeper fixed to the spot – the striker’s sixth goal in four games.

Stansfeld lead at the break and continued to be in the ascendancy in the second half, but wasted more good efforts through Shinners and Gamble, as well as having a Burgess header cleared off the line.

They eventually doubled their lead, after a lung-busting 60-yard run from Casey Killilea ended with a near-post cross, finding Hassan, who was left with an easy tap-in.

Stansfeld looked to kill the game off, but Crockenhill were given a lifeline after Frankie Beale was caught in possession on the halfway line – a quick break ended with Tulami Pama beating Bradley with a neat finish to reduce the deficit.

The biggest moment of controversy came in the 75th minute, when Stansfeld’s Gamble was sent off by referee Hawker Ahmed.

That decision proved to be very costly for Stansfeld, as the extra man gave Crockenhill all the advantage they needed and with eight minutes remaining, substitute Paul Ibidapo grabbed the equaliser.

Stansfeld/Eltham Palace’s next game is at home to Sutton Athletic in the SCEFL Division 1 on Tuesday 27th December. Kick-off is at 1:30pm. Meanwhile, Stansfeld’s new first team drew 3-3 at home to Kennington. Joe Clark, Ben Holland and Jake Williams scored the Stansfeld goals.

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