Football: Crowcombe rescues point for Dursley Town with late goal

Stroud League Division Two

Dursley Town Res 1 Quedgeley Wanderers Res 1

RICH Crowcombe grabbed a late equaliser as Dursley earned a morale-boosting point against a high-flying Quedgeley outfit that finished the game with nine men.

The home side ought to have taken a 15th-minute lead, but Wayne Taylor struck the post from the penalty spot after Chris Hyam had been brought down in the box.

Having ridden their luck, the visitors went on to have the better of the first half, but Town goalkeeper Pete Dykes kept his side on level terms with several good stops.

In the end, it needed a handball in the build-up to help Quedgeley into a 55th-minute lead, but they then had a man sent off for throwing a punch at Matt Workman.

Dursley equalised ten minutes from time when Bruno Goncalves crossed, substitute Nigel Hart flicked the ball on and Crowcombe was on hand to convert at the far post.

Quedgeley had another man sent off in the closing stages, but the hosts were unable to profit as substitute Jack Aldridge guided a late chance just wide of the target.

Dursley: P Dykes; D Clark, R Crowcombe, M Workman; W Taylor, R Lyon, R Gillingham (N Hart 60), Antony Nash, J Warner (J Aldridge 75); C Hyam (J Minett 15), B Goncalves.

Goals: Crowcombe (80).

* In Division Five, Dursley thirds were humbled 11-0 by runaway leaders St Nicholas.

Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division One

Cheltenham Civil Service 4 Dursley Town 0

DURSLEY suffered their heaviest defeat of an increasingly difficult season as defensive lapses cost them dear at high-flying Cheltenham Civil Service.

The visitors competed well in the first period, but conceded a tenth-minute opener as the Civil Service centre-forward was left unmarked to head into the corner of the net.

Just one down at the turnaround, Town had every chance to fight back, but two more disappointing goals settled the outcome and the hosts then added a fourth.

Jim Stevenson was denied a consolation goal towards the end, while Dursley’s miserable day was completed by Antonio Forgione’s dismissal for two yellow cards.

Dursley: K Watson; L Jones, C Wilkins (S Hobbs 65), R Swift, D McNally; A Forgione, L Thomas, M Humphrey (L Peters 70), J Stevenson, C Mills; N Vines.

Sent off: Forgione (two bookings, 88).

* Cheltenham Civil Service recorded a double over Dursley by winning the Gloucestershire County Women's League's clash 5-0 on Sunday.

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