|08/09/2018||2:00 pm||Premier League||2018/19|
Exiles played out a frustrating draw with Docks in controversial circumstances despite being in control of the game for long periods and having a 4-2 lead in the second-half. Exiles started in their 3-5-2 formation, Niall Jones captaining the side in the middle of a back three, Chris Jeacott continuing in goal behind him and debuting Dan Prescott and Will Brown coming in either side. Alex Chase and James Everett moved to wing-back, with Aled Evans and Ellis Pickering in midfield with Aled Rees serving a ban. Iolo Tomlinson played behind the strikers with Will Eastwood and Mark Lewis leading the line.
Niall Jones hit the post with an early penalty after Iolo Tomlinson was brought down, but some quick-thinking from a later free-kick from Will Eastwood played in Alex Chase who slotted the opener past the Docks keeper to score his first goal for the club. Eastwood himself scored a second to double the lead with a classy finish.
Docks got a goal back, but Eastwood found a second with a chipped finish over the keeper. A this stage this is where the controversy began. What looked like a clear foul on a defender as he was pushed into handling the ball, the referee had no hesitation but to give a penalty which was scored. At 3-2. Exiles found the courage to dig deep and score again with Adam Compton smashing in at the back post following an attempt by Eastwood. This is where Exiles should have pushed on and won from this point, but despite a fantastic defensive tackle from Prescott where he cleanly won the ball in the box, coming away with the ball and despite no appeals from Docks, a second penalty was awarded. Jeacott saved this one and justice appeared to have been served but from the resulting corner Docks smashed in a header. Infuriated by the decisions gone against Exiles, Docks sensed an equaliser and managed to get it just before the end of the match in what felt like an age of injury time.
A disapointing draw in difficult circumstances but this is the sort of situation the club needs to rectify and get results in order to challenge for the title. A wake-up call for the management and must do better next week.
Man of the match: Eastwood.
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