Close contest for Epworth Colts at Kirton

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The young Colts will feel unlucky not to have come away with all three points in a hard-fought contest on their travels.

The under-10s took the trip to face Kirton Lindsey and performed brilliantly throughout.

However, it was Kirton who started the better of the two teams, but were frustrated following some fine goalkeeping from Koby Thurman.

Epworth managed to stay in the game despite the hosts enjoying the better of the chances in the opening exchanges.

But Kirton’s possession eventually paid off halfway through the first half with an unstoppable strike.

Epworth responded to the opening goal in positive fashion as they moved the ball around with Jack Booth, Billy Orton and Henry Chatwin taking control of the midfield.

Colts were soon level and it was Booth with Epworth’s reply when he struck a perfectly-placed shot into the bottom corner giving the goalkeeper little chance.

Epworth came out after the restart and soon dominated possession, however, they had to keep disciplined at the back as Kirton looked increasingly dangerous on the break.

And it was a counter attack from Kirton that allowed them to take the lead.

Despite the setback, Epworth’s determined attitude saw them repeat the first half as they responded in a matter of minutes to level the scores once more.

The equaliser came following a goal kick which landed at the feet of Chatwin and with the keeper scrambling to get back into position, the young Colts marksman pounced and placed a right footed curling effort into the bottom corner.

Later chances fell to Oliver Buttrick who hit the post and William Pearce who saw his strike go wide of the goal, as both sides shared the spoils in what was an evenly contested match.

Man of the Match went to Oliver Buttrick who defended outstandingly and also created chances for his team mates when surging forward.

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