Barkingside blow it again
PUBLISHED: 08:31 13 October 2015 | UPDATED: 08:31 13 October 2015
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Ryman North: Barkingside 3 Cheshunt 3
Barkingside blew a three-goal lead in the last eight minutes of an extraordinary Ryman North match at Cricklefield Stadium last night.
Gursel Gulfer’s men had spurned a 2-0 advantage to draw with Maldon at the weekend and history repeated itself as they again squandered a winning position against the Ambers.
They made a bright start, but had Darren Behcet to thank for a superb low save from a corner, before forcing Richard Hayward to tip a shot wide at the other end.
The deadlock was broken when Michael Spencer fired home as the visitors were caught napping in their own box, but they had a let-off when a poor back pass almost led to an equaliser as the ball was played across Behcet’s goal and just beyond a Cheshunt shirt.
The visitors found the side netting soon after, but Tyrone Scarlett went close to a second for Barkingside, forcing a fine save from Hayward.
Behcet then produced a stunning save at point-blank range to deny Cheshunt, who saw another effort cleared off the line before half-time.
The hosts made a bright start to the second half as Darren Gray flashed an effort wide, before Scarlett had a header tipped over.
Claims that Hayward had dropped the ball over the line were turned down by the officials, but Barkingside doubled their lead midway through the second half through Jonathan Nzengo, as he bundled home Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe’s pass.
And when Scarlett made it 3-0 on 82 minutes, after Cheshunt gave the ball away, it looked like the match was over and the points were in the bag for Gulfer’s men.
But Jason Hallett hit back for Cheshunt, reaching a long ball first to beat Behcet with four minutes remaining.
And after Scarlett was denied by a great near-post save by Hayward, the visitors closed to within a single goal as Adam Bolle’s quickly-taken free-kick caught Barkingside by surprise.
And it was all square when Lewis Payne’s speculative long range effort took a deflection and looped over the head of Behcet and into the net to leave the hosts shellshocked.
It could have been even worse as Cheshunt went close to a winner in injury time, but enough damage had already been done.
Barkingside: Behcet, Adebayo, Wright, Nikolaou, Spencer, Wren, Nzengo, Gray, Scarlett, Lutaaya, Ogedi-Ozokwe. Unused subs: Bunga, Hatsimas, Abitogun, Salmon.
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