East Lincs Combination
Burgh Town 2
Chapel Swifts Reserves 2
BURGH twice came from behind to share the spoils in Saturday’s derby match against Chapel Swifts Reserves at Marsh Lane.
With Burgh having to make several changes to the previous week they seemed to be in disarray as Swifts had the better of the early exchanges.
Chapel’s pressure did pay dividends in the end, as they took the lead after 20 minutes. Keeper Ben Taylor was left exposed as Corcoran nipped in to score from inside the box.
Town gradually got a foothold in the game with Malc Holmes having his first start of the season, leading by example with a solid display from full back.
His forward ball released Craig Rawlinson, who had cleverly spun from his marker. As the young striker raced away he smashed an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards to level the score before half time.
The second half saw Burgh create more pressure, but it was the away team who drew next blood.
A long ball up field saw Stamp and keeper Taylor get in a muddle and the unfortunate Stamp headed into his own net.
Town responded again by pressing forward. Jordan Houlston made some excellent runs, causing the Swifts defence problems while linking up well with winger Gino Lanzetta down the left.
In fact it was the latter of the two players who squared the match, pouncing on a loose ball in the box to score a deserved equaliser from close range, after Gray’s knock down from Carter’s free kick.
Town could have taken all the points in the closing minutes but the unfortunate Houlston saw his effort crash against the cross bar from 12 yards, leaving the two teams to share the spoils.
Burgh Town: Taylor, Stamp, Asquith, Gray, Holmes, McLennon, Reid, Carter, Lanzetta, Houlston, Rawlinson, Beresford, Scutt, Loach. Match ball sponsor - R A Hackett Tree Care and Garden Services; Match day sponsor - Red Lion, Burgh.
On Saturday the two teams meet again in the return fixture at Chapel. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.