Lions left to rue missed chances

Jake Lawlor’s last gasp effort grabbed a deserved share of the points against Eastleigh at Nethermoor this afternoon after the Lions had spurned three gilt-edged first half chances and then failed to capitalise on their second half dominance and climb out of the bottom four.

That was  until centre back Lawlor popped up at the far post to cancel out James Constable’s goal in the closing minutes of the first half.

The first chance fell to the unmarked Michael Rankine who put his header high and wide with only former Leeds United keeper Graham Stack to beat.

Home debutant Kevan Hurst then crossed only to see Jake Cassidy put his header just wide of the target.

The same player then seemed to be caught in two minds, as he robbed Adam Dugdale just outside the area and advanced towards Stack whether to shoot or square for the unmarked Rankine to slot home.

In the end his effort achieved neither and drifted aimlessly beyond the far post and another opportunity was lost.

As usually happens in these circumstances the opposition then went straight up the other end and scored with virtually the last kick of the first half when Constable netted.

Sam Muggleton missed the chance to double the visitors advantage midway through the second half when he shot over at the far post from six yards out.

Apart from that Jonathan Maxted was hardly troubled as the Lions took the game to Eastleigh but couldn’t create a clear opening until the sixth minute of added time when a corner from the left saw efforts from Jordan Preston and Adam Boyes blocked before Lawlor netted the loose ball for an equaliser that was the least that the home side deserved.

Team:

26  Maxted

Brown

Lowe

Hatfield

Lawlor

20  Williams

Hurst

24  Walton

11  Rankine (Boyes 70)

29  Cassidy

34  Asamoah (Preston 65)

Substitutes

4  Vidal

Boyes

19  Preston

32  Logan

33  Green

Adam Lockwood post-match

Scorer Jake Lawlor’s thoughts on today’s game