Forest, Fynnlands share spoils

2014-08-15 00:00

FOREST Hills were looking for three points against Fynnlands last week but ended up sharing the spoils 1-1 in a match summed up in one word — frustration.

Wanting a full house of points to widen the gap between themselves and the chasing Escombe side in the PDFA League, Forest survived an early assault by the home side. Still getting into the game, Forest had lady luck on their side when a Fynnlands shot rebounded off the crossbar and Mitchell Lewis cleared off the line following a Fynnlands corner.

With decisions on the field baffling both sides, it was difficult for the game to flow and the sides trooped off at half time still locked at 0-0, wondering if any progress would be made in the following 45 minutes.

Playing with confidence, Forest looked the stronger side as the second period got under way. As has been the formula for most of the season, their hard work and go-forward commitment paid off when Jeff Oliver and Thompson combined to provide a great ball for Michael Ngwane.

He beat the keeper and Forest had the decisive first goal.

Having to make the play, Fynnlands pushed forward and were awarded a penalty that had the Forest players scratching their heads in bewilderment. As so often happens in soccer, justice prevailed as the attempt from the spot went well wide and never challenged the’keeper.

Still holding onto their lead, Forest were sure they could have put the result beyond doubt when a hand ball in the box should have given them a penalty opportunity. Instead, the referee waived play on, the ball finding its way up field where Fynnlands struck to make the score 1-1 while the Forest side were still challenging the penalty decision.

Today Forest welcome Brettonwood Old Boys to Forest Hills Sports Club, the Reserves kicking off at 7 pm and the 1st side at 8.30 pm.

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