Match Report: Holyport 1 v 1 Milton United
By Richard Tyrell
Holyport came up against a resilient and spirited Milton side at Summerleaze on Tuesday night. Looking back over the 90 mins and Holyport had enough chances to win the game and the...
Holyport came up against a resilient and spirited Milton side at Summerleaze on Tuesday night. Looking back over the 90 mins and Holyport had enough chances to win the game and the Milton keeper rightly took award of MOM for Milton with numerous good saves and the way in which he marshalled his back four.
Off the start it was clear Milton had a game plan of hitting Port on the counterattack and then pressing Holyport as they tried to play out. Credit to Holyport who stuck to the game plan even though at times overplaying caused some difficulties as Milton pressed.
The first sniff at goal came from a long Milton goal kick but the Milton forward racing onto the bouncing ball volleyed 10 yards over. Port slowly grew into the game and Rapley was found with a great diagonal ball, cutting inside his man his shot into the bottom right corner went inches wide. Akerman was then next up with a chance as he latched on to a bouncing cross but from 8 yards out he volleyed over.
Milton responded with a move down the left which resulted in the shot hitting the side netting. The last chance of the half fell to Driffill as he worked an angle and got his shot away, this was spilled but no Port player was on hand to tap home.
The first half was a game of few chances.
The opening 20 minutes of the second period was all Holyport as Milton struggled to get out of their half, except for long balls over the top looking for the counter attack. Holyport pressed forward and started to win all the second balls. Akerman again went close as his shot from 18 yards was goal bound but for a Milton player throwing himself in the way to block it, Feaver then shot wide from 15 yards out, DeFranco then headed wide at a corner. Driffill saw a delicate chip hit the bar and bounce straight back to the Milton keeper after he had slipped.
After all this pressure Milton hit Port with a sucker punch, Ensby attempted to let the ball run out but another Milton player came up his blind side and stole the ball. Ghosting into the box Quelch dived at his feet and the ball worked back loose to the forward who passed home to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Holyport reacted and within minutes they were level as Driffill drifted into the left hand side of the box and left his marker on his back side with a neat turn, Driffill then smashed a shot into the top corner of the neat to bring Port level.
The game continued in the same vain and Milton were awarded a dangerous free kick which thankfully flew over Quelchs goal. Port huffed and puffed in the closing minutes but crosses were cleared and loose balls in the goal mouths were cleared.
Whilst Port had the better chances in the game Milton worked hard and stuck to their game plan and deserved their point.