Still on a high from their 8-4 win over HSS, ActiveWin FC prepared to take on league rivals Steel’s Tips in their second Summer Cup fixture.
New player-manager Eliot Jacob was back to take the helm, but started the game on the bench.
First Achieve’s James Harries continued in goal, Bryn May and Captain Fantastic Eddie Jordan took their usual central defensive roles, with Tom Perera and Sam Benson on the wings.
Adam Jackson and Adam Rowley were joined in midfield by the returning Jordan Rudge, and Joe Morris, with Josh Tyndall and Allan Stevenson up front.
Reinforcements came in the shape of friend of the club Toby Levy, and last game’s man of the match Aaron Goldman.
The first exchanges were end-to-end, with Morris tracking back and May clearing.
ST GOAL 0-1– However, AW were undone by a set-piece as Steel’s Tips opened the scoring.
More good work at the back from May and Morris displaying great control.
Rowley intercepted a loose ST ball, found Benson to Stevenson, down the wing and back to Benson.
Rudge’s corner sent ST off and running but Morris intercepted, creating an opportunity for AW to get back into the game. Unfortunately, there was no one on the end of it.
Rudge on the ball again, found Stevenson and out to Tyndall, back to Rudge who headed on to Perera.
Perera took the ball forward to Tyndall, up the pitch to Rowley but he had no support so sent it back to Perera.
GOAL 1-1! – Rowley working the channels again, found Tyndall who let fly with a great strike to level the scoreline.
AW were back in it, but were lucky to avoid danger as Harries wasn’t back on his line as ST attacked.
Morris and Jackson were working well together, whilst May solved problems at the back.
Tyndall was full of confidence and tried a long-range strike, which wasn’t a million miles away.
The game had hit a high tempo, but play was getting a bit sloppy.
Morris played another great ball over the top to Rudge who hit it with his right foot, over the bar.
Benson one-two to Stevenson and back again. Benson weighted his pass but ran into trouble, Stevenson tried to pitch it to Rudge.
A defensive header from Jordan kept ST from getting off a shot.
GOAL – 2-1! – AW took the lead with a lovely low strike from Rudge.
Perera and May teamed up to shore up the back, whilst Goldman brought Levy into the game.
GOAL – 3-1! – A touch of class from Goldman doubled AW’s lead.
ST GOAL 3-2 – But it didn’t take ST long to retaliate and they pulled it back to 3-2 with a cracking finish.
AW had settled into a better rhythm, passing to feet.
Benson retrieved the ball but ST were soon on the attack again, thankfully shooting straight at Harries in the AW goal.
Goldman showing great control, and finding Rudge. He tried to pass to Stevenson, but should have gone for goal himself.
Rudge lost his man and sent it up to May, Morris did well to get rid, before Stevenson nudged it on to Rowley.
Levy got himself in the box and controlled it well, but there was no one on the end of it.
Morris to Rudge to Goldman. The latter was looking dangerous but uncharacteristically miss-hit it.
ST were quick off the mark but Morris stood his man up. Great work from Perera on the ball and another defensive header from Morris kept ST at bay.
ST came straight out of the traps but Levy diverted the danger.
GOAL 4-2! – And it wasn’t long before AW increased their advantage – Stevenson squaring it to Goldman to finish.
Morris still strong at the back, but the less said about Jacob’s contribution the better!
ST GOAL 4-3 – ST pulled one back.
ST GOAL 4-4 – Harries out to clear the danger but couldn’t keep ST at bay for long, and they equalised.
Rowley and Goldman tried to put AW back on the front foot, whilst Morris cleaned up at the back.
GOAL 5-4! – Jackson sent the ball up to Rudge who skipped round the ST defence and rolled it in.
GOAL 6-4! – Goldman completed his hattrick with another quality finish.
ST GOAL 6-5 – AW couldn’t hold onto the lead and ST scored again.
ST GOAL 6-6 – Tyndall created another opportunity but chaos at the back allowed ST in and they equalised once again.
It could have been worse – Rudge cleared off the line, another let for AW.
Morris too, was in the right place at the right time to prevent ST finding the net again.
A late tackle saw Rowley sin-binned for dissent which provoked the anger of several of the AW players, but the game ended all square at 6-6.
Line up: Harries, Perera, Jordan, May, Morris, A Jackson, Rudge, Rowley, Benson, Tyndall, Stevenson,
Subs: Levy, Jacob, Goldman
Man of the Match: Tyndall continues to improve and put in another good shift. Goldman scored another hattrick and Rudge had a hand, or rather foot, in most of ActiveWin’s best moves. However, Joe Morris has made an impression in each time he’s played and was particularly effective in this match. His reading of the game was spot on and he was exactly where we needed him to be every time, helping to keep the scores level and secure the point.
Verdict: ActiveWin will be disappointed to have given away the lead twice, after initially coming from behind, and by the manner in which they conceded. However, the draw has kept them firmly in the Summer Cup, extending their unbeaten run in all competitions since February.