The Big Match: Ewyas Harold win hard-fought Herefordshire League Premier Division clash with Shobdon (From Hereford Times)
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The Big Match: Ewyas Harold win hard-fought Herefordshire League Premier Division clash with Shobdon
10:07pm Saturday 5th October 2013 in Football
It was Ewyas Harold that managed to make the most of their chances to claim a hard-fought Herefordshire League Premier Division victory against a very resilient Shobdon side.
For most of the first half, the game was contested in the middle third of the pitch with neither side giving the other an inch as both teams were limited to a few half-chances apiece.
With five minutes of the first half remaining, a long throw-in was the undoing of the away side's defence as Richie Sevenoaks was left unmarked to poke the ball home at the back post.
Shobdon came out all guns blazing at the start of the second half and it took the just 10 minutes to find the equaliser after fine hold-up play by Jack Brazier allowed brother Dan to slip in Tom Hooper to fire home for his first goal for the Dons.
Harold’s response was almost instantaneous as Matt Norton lashed home an unstoppable shot from outside the box, giving the travelling keeper, Andy Price, no chance.
Both teams then struggled to get a foot-hold in the game as errors crept in.
But as Shobdon pushed on looking for an equaliser, they were caught on the break as Rob Chandler raced from just inside his own half to go on and seal the win with a neat finish.
Jason Powell was booked for Shobdon in the dying seconds but Harold held out for a hard-fought three points.
Ewyas Harold Starting Line Up - Dave Hope, Richie Dawes, Scott Phillps, Matt Whitson, Owen Lloyd, Danny Johns, Matt Norton, Richie Palmer, Dave Mezzals, Shaun Smith, Richie Sevenoaks Subs - Cameron McNally, Willie Lyndesay, Rob Chandler, Simon Macklin
Shobdon Starting Line Up - Andy Price, Sam Griffiths, Kane Smout, Matt Jones, Kieran Jones, Tom Watkins, Tom Hooper, Josh Phillips, Dan Brazier, Aaron Bowden, Jack Brazier.
Subs - Mark Ammonds, Jason Powell, Lee Langford, Alex Jones
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