10 Men Vics' fight back

 

Vics' came from behind twice to earn a draw in an entertaining match in South Yorkshire, despite being down to 10 men early in the second half.  Shaw Lane took the lead early on with a free header in the 6 yard box from an excellent right-wing cross. Vics' hit back and after some good possession, broke down the right wing - the ball was whipped into the box and headed into his own net by the unfortunate Shaw Lane defender.

 

Shaw Lane re-took the lead not long after. From a Vics' corner they broke clear sending Yates on his way, who curled in a left footed shot into the bottom corner. John Pritchard was shown a red card early in the second from what the referee deemed to be a profession foul leaving Vics' down to 10 men. This seemed to spur Vics' on and deservedly equalised. Alec Mudimu swept the ball across to the right wing into the path of Dan Cockerline who then slipped in a pass into the feet of Yaw Gyimah, who spun on a sixpence and hit the ball into the bottom corner via a fierce drive.

 

Vics' stood firm and battled well in the closing moments of the game to earn a deserved draw.

 

Adam Lakelands verdict on the match

 

We knew that this was going to be a stern test for us away for the first time this season at one of the favourites for promotion. Having been beaten in last season's play-off final they have added some good players this summer and strengthened further so we anticipated a difficult afternoon but as a group we embraced the challenge and met them head on.
 
I have to say that over the 90 minutes I thought we were excellent and it was mixed emotions at full time as I was delighted for the players to come from behind twice to get a much deserved point, especially to play the last 35 minutes with 10 men and equalise for a second time, but I was a little frustrated that we hadn’t taken all three points if I’m honest.
 
I felt first half we played ever so well and yet again we gave them two soft goals. I feel like a broken record at the moment but the fact is that I am yet to really see a side cut us apart and score a genuinely good goal, the goals we are conceding are poor and we have to cut them out. At half time I was critical of the players and told them I was fed up of coming in and saying how well we’d done for a portion of the game but yet again we find ourselves behind because of silly mistakes. I asked them to turn it around second half and when we lost John Pritchard we could have shrunk and taken a beating but what I saw in the final 30 minutes was a group of players coming together, fighting tooth and nail for each other, the club and myself and we thoroughly deserved to come away with at least a point. Shaw Lane are a strong physical side who will certainly be up there come the end of the season and we’ve given them a right game today in challenging circumstances, with 10 men, coming from behind twice and with officials who I have to say were, in my opinion, unbelievably poor. Some of the decisions made were ridiculous although I felt the referee got the sending off right having seen it again but in general play we didn’t get our share of the decisions and that's just our luck at the moment.
 
We’ve now played four league fixtures and been competitive in all of them, three of those teams are unbeaten in Romulus, Spalding and Shaw Lane who sit 2nd, 3rd and 5th respectively so we must remain positive, there’s still a long way to go and we will only improve as a team. I feel like this result could be the turning point for us and its important that we take today's performance into future games which if we can do we will be absolutely fine.