Steeton 2-2 AFC Darwen

Steeton v AFC Darwen at Cougar Park yesterday (Pic: John Chapman)


Steeton had to settle for a share of the points in their final game of the season yesterday as they drew 2-2 with AFC Darwen in the North West Counties League First Division North.

The Chevrons went ahead on 34 minutes thanks to a goal from Aaron Davis in front of the Cougar Park crowd. However the visitors hit back as Matthew Cain scored an equaliser on 39 minutes before Kiel Lonsdale put them 2-1 up nine minutes into the second period.

Steeton had the opportunity to level matters shortly before the hour mark when they were awarded a penalty but Ben Clarkson saw his spot kick saved by the Darwen 'keeper.

Steeton v AFC Darwen at Cougar Park yesterday (Pic: John Chapman)

The Chevrons were not to be denied though and got the equaliser 15 minutes from time as Davis scored his second goal of the afternoon to make it 2-2.

There was more drama on 88 minutes as Darwen were reduced to ten men as Kiel Lonsdale was dismissed after receiving his second yellow card of the match. However the visitors were able to see the game out as the honours ended even.

The draw means Steeton finish their debut season in the North West Counties League First Division North in 15th place with 44 points.

Steeton v AFC Darwen at Cougar Park yesterday (Pic: John Chapman)

Speaking after the game Steeton Manager Roy Mason said: "It wasn’t a game for the purists, as the swirling wind didn’t help us in getting the ball down and we were penned in our own half for a lot of the first 45 minutes. 

"Again it’s fine margins that cost us the win and there are a few things we need to work on for next season.

"I was pleased for Aaron Davis who’s had a frustrating season with injuries and he took his two goals really well. George Tidswell also did really well in goal for us and he’s got a promising future ahead of him.

"I felt that we maybe didn’t retain the ball as much as I’d of liked us to and only having three fit defenders meant that we had to change our system and that meant a bit more defending for Toby Jeffrey and Angus Maney and that’s not really what we want them to be doing."

He added: "It’s been a long season and I think everyone is ready for a break and to re-charge their batteries, but I think we’ve a lot to be proud of this season and it’s given us a great platform to build on next season. 

"I’d like to personally thank everyone who has supported us this season, it really is appreciated by everyone at the club."

 

 

 

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