Lang Jacks Fight Back Against The Stan

Whickham 2-2 Heaton Stannington

Whickham fought back from 2-0 down to get a draw on a bitterly cold Monday evening at The First Mortgage Glebe.

Sean Reid gave The Stan the lead in the first-half.

Leighton Hopper doubled the lead after the break but then a Scott Robson penalty and a Dale Burrell header earned the Lang Jacks a point.

It’s the second consecutive fixture where Robson and Burrell have been Whickham’s scoresheet representatives.

The windy conditions proved a barrier to an entertaining encounter for the first 25 minutes – but the first chance was ours as Jack Elliott fired a loose ball from 20 yards which deflected off Mark Turnbull’s leg, which goalkeeper Lewis Brass did superbly to re-adjust and push away.

Ten minutes later the visitors took the lead with their first chance as Sean Reid peeled off in the box to meet a corner fire into the bottom corner.

Soon after Jordan Lavery sent a rocket from 25 yards out which whizzed past the post and had Brass worried.

On the stroke of half-time Callum Munro whipped in a cross which evaded everyone and found Elliott at the back post but he was denied by the legs of Brass.

Minutes after the break Leighton Hopper made it 2-0 as he got in behind and placed the ball beyond the on rushing Neal Bussey.

On the hour mark Whickham began what would be a half an hour onslaught, starting with Elliott beating his man and crossing to Scott Robson who was clattered by Joe Sheppard and a penalty was awarded.

Robson stepped up and fired it high into the net to halve the deficit for his 56th goal of the season.

The equaliser was found three minutes from time as Nathan Stephenson whipped a free kick to the back post which Dale Burrell climbed highest to meet and headed in from 5 yards out.

Whickham XI: Bussey; Munro, Burrell ©, T.Galbraith, Lavery; Howard, Stephenson, Smith (Leech); Elliott, Robson, Johnson (Bisset).

Unused Subs: Atkinson, Agnew, Martindale.

Man of the Match: Dale Burrell

Referee: Joel Tilmouth


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