Ponte snatch late win on the road
By Charlie Fletcher
The Colls left Pickering Town with all three points after 88th minute winner!
Ponte Colls continued their good start to life in the Evo Stik, after grabbing all three points late on at Pickering Town.
Ponte made the journey to North Yorkshire on Tuesday night, against a side that had proved to be somewhat a bogey side in previous years.
The referee seemed to set an early precedent on the game booking Colls captain Jimmy Williams in the first minute for a very dubious foul.
The first half was one of missed chances for both sides, Ponte’s Eli Hey had three or four half chances that were either well saved or fired over.
The home side had three good chances to break the deadlock, one headed just wide from a corner and the other two were crosses flashed across the face of goal narrowly avoiding a finishing touch.
The Colls bench and supporters were getting increasingly frustrated with some of the decisions from the officials as Hey found his way into the book to join Williams, yet Pickering got away with similar challenges.
The second half was more of the same plenty of chances but nothing really clear cut. The tackles were still flying in from both as the contest remained a fiery one.
The game reached boiling point on 67 minutes as Hey looked to be breaking clear on goal before a horrible challenge from the Pickering right back, he saw red before a yellow for dissent for Lewis Taylor (Pickering’s captain).
This seemed to rally the home side who dominated the ball and had a few snapshots from range which were smartly saved by Ryan Musselwhite.
When it looked like the game was destined to remain goalless Ponte were given a corner, after a good delivery the ball was headed back across goal to the unmarked sub Spencer Clarke to header home, which marked jubilant scenes in the away dugout!
Due to all the cautions and the red card incident the referee played seven minutes stoppage time but Ponte withstood the onslaught and should of even grabbed a second on the break away!
A brilliant away performance based on a brilliant defensive display, leaving Ponte with two wins from two and no goals conceded!
Ponte Colls Team;
Musselwhite, Greenhough, Smythe, Bailey, Williams (c)(Yellow), Picton, Redford, Brown, Hey (Yellow), Dunn, Dugdale.
Used Subs; Willis, Starcenko, Clarke.
Unused Subs; Jeffs and Whitehouse
Man of the Match Jake Picton.
Match officials 6/10: Not the greatest in terms of flow of the game but handled the key incident well and made the right call.