Game of the Week: Bentley Colliery 3 Askern 3 - full report and pictures

Bentley Colliery FC v Askern FC.  Askern's Liam Bennett (centre) finds a gap in the Bentley defence.   Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Bentley Colliery FC v Askern FC. Askern's Liam Bennett (centre) finds a gap in the Bentley defence. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

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Ten-man Askern went route one to claim a derby draw at Bentley Colliery.

Centre back Leon Cusworth limped off with an ankle injury after just ten minutes, leaving substitute-less Askern short-handed.

Bentley's Courtney Peynado (left) feels the full force of a tackle from Charlie McGough.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Bentley's Courtney Peynado (left) feels the full force of a tackle from Charlie McGough. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

But the visitors, third-bottom in the table, showed real character and midfielder Liam Bennett capitalised on some hesitant defending to grab his side a last-minute equaliser.

“I’m over the moon with the team. They showed some right spirit,” enthused Askern manager Paul Curtis.

“The conditions were atrocious for both teams but we dug in and I felt we fully deserved the point.

“I thought that we made better use of the conditions when we had the wind in the second half. I felt that they tried to play too much football rather than playing the ball long.”

Lee Drobac (left) puts the ball in the net past Askern captain and keeper Anthony Sykes but it was ruled out for offside.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Lee Drobac (left) puts the ball in the net past Askern captain and keeper Anthony Sykes but it was ruled out for offside. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Bentley’s joint-manager Craig Eanor agreed.

“We like to get the ball down but we probably did try and play too much football in what were difficult conditions,” he said.

“They certainly used the wind better.

“I gave the players a roasting at half time because we should have been in a comfortable situation and feared we might be under the cosh a bit in the second.

“I thought they played well, especially with being down to ten men, and surprised me a bit because they’ve not been doing particularly well in the league.

“They certainly deserved a point on the day.”

Bentley had dominated the first half and with better finishing could have built up a match-winning lead by the break.

Both striker Lee Drobac and player-manager Chris Scott would have needed only the slightest of touches to turn balls into the box into goals.

Tom Hyde shot just wide with a long range effort before heading straight at Askern keeper Anthony Sykes when well placed from a corner.

Askern’s only chance of note in the first half fell to Arron Rhodes, who fired over with an angled effort.

Bentley had earlier broken the deadlock when winger Kevin Lynch latched onto skipper Kyle Downing’s through ball and beat Sykes with a low shot.

Chris Hancock levelled the scores within two minutes of the restart by lobbing Bentley keeper Mike Teale.

He then had a hand in Askern’s second less than five minutes later, midfielder Alex Rennie rounding off a neat move.

Bentley quickly drew level through left back Philip Doran on 54 minutes after the visitors had failed to clear the danger from Lynch’s cross.

The goal flurry continued as Drobac restored Bentley’s lead, and Sykes then had to be at his best to tip over Thomas Padgett’s thunderbolt.

But parity was restored in dramatic fashion in the 90th minute when Bennett popped up with a deserved equaliser.

Harworth Colliery beat Sherwood Colliery 1-0 at Scrooby Road to open up a nine-point gap on fourth-placed Thorne Colliery, who have five games in hand. Sam Wood was the scorer.