Awsworth Villa picked up what could well be seen as a useful point on the road at Unity on Saturday, in a 2-2 draw in the Notts Senior League Premier.
Daniel Walsh and Ryan Whitehurst were on target for Villa at Nottingham Trent University’s 4G surface at Clifton. With the both teams in good form, the result would go some way in affecting the NSL title race.
Villa lined up with almost the same line-up as last week’s victory at Real United. John Whitehurst replaced Matt Goodwin as the only change.
The game started at a frantic pace and with both teams playing good football it was an early sign of things to come. The big, artificial surface no doubt suited the home team more than the visitors and there were only five minutes on the clock before the first goal came.
A flowing move ended with Unity striker Conor Croft going through one on one with Matt Walsh. He showed great composure to round the Villa keeper and put the home side 1-0 up.
Villa had not been behind in a game since October so it was a huge test of character for the visitors and they looked to be coming through it with flying colours.
Soon after the goal, Villa sprung into life. It was once again a succession of corners that brought about the equalizer. With a number of attempts going close, it was this time Ryan Whitehurst’s turn to score directly from the corner. His near post effort sneaking in beyond the keeper.
Villa started the second half in the same vain the first ended. A couple of half chances went begging before MOM John Whitehurst chased down a lost cause before releasing Ryan Whitehurst to deliver a cross into the box. As has so often been the case, Danny Walsh was well placed in the centre to fire home the goal with a great first time finish.
After such an entertaining game, it was no surprise that a period of calm would follow. A number of substitutions broke up the game and it was a bit of a wake up call when Unity got the equaliser. A free kick in to the box was tipped on to the crossbar by Matt Walsh however one of the Unity players was quickest to react to the rebound.
In an eventful match, the last ten minutes lived up to the previous 80 when Villa keeper Matt Walsh was knocked unconscious and striker Danny Walsh went in goal.