Last Touch Earns EDC Scholars A Draw

Sun, 2002-02-17 00:00

Darlington College players look on in disbelief as EDC Scholars defender Matty Morris finds the net with the last touch of the game at the Houghall Campus

A last minute Matty Morris goal earned East Durham College’s football academy scholars a point against Darlington College at Houghall on Wednesday.

A tough game, in freezing conditions, saw the Scholars lose the lead twice before securing a draw with the last touch of the game.

Harry Winward opened the scoring from close range to get East Durham in front within ten minutes of kick off, but forward Mark Winfall slotted home for the visitors just before half time to level things up.

The College took back control in the second half when Kieron Purvis put them in front. But once again Darlo came back, this time getting themselves in front, as first Winfall bagged his second of the afternoon before Max Houghton put the visitors into a 2:3 lead.

But from a last ditch attack by EDC, Matty Morris rose above the rest to head home the leveller in injury time.

And that point saved was a big one and moved the Scholars up to second in the BCS North East Division One table, five points behind Gateshead College but still in the hunt for the title.

The Scholars raced out the blocks from kick off, pressuring the Darlington back line. And it was some great play up the right wing and a fantastic low cross from forward Kieron Purvis that found Harry Winward in space to tap in from close range.

Darlington then sustained some good pressure; but solid defending and a fantastic save tipping an effort, which looked destined for the top corner, over the bar by EDC keeper Ryan Farley kept the home team in front.

But just before the half time whistle blew, Darlo broke through the EDC defence and a low drive from striker Mark Winfall nestled in the bottom corner to make it 1:1 going into the break.

Like the start of the first half, the early minutes of the second saw the Scholars take control of the midfield battle. And in the 55th minute a long clearance from the Darlo defence found the feet of Purvis who battled to keep hold of the ball before playing a neat one two with Winward, leading to Purvis placing the ball past the keeper.

However the goal seemed to spur Darlo into life and they started to get a hold of the game as they looked for an equaliser. And they got the reward for their hard work with 20 minutes to go, with two goals in quick succession.

First a mazy run into the box and strong shot from Winfall tied things up, and gave him a brace for the afternoon, before a Darlo corner was swung in resulting in a goalmouth scramble and Darlo midfielder Max Houghton poked the ball home to put them in front for the first time in the match.

It was a nervous end to the game for bottom place Darlington, who were looking to pick up their first points of the season, as East Durham throw everything at their defence.

The Scholars won a corner in the dying seconds which was curled into the box finding the head of centre-back Matty Morris who rose above everyone else to bury the ball into the net to give EDC a deserved point with the very last touch of the game.

Meanwhile, over at the Peterlee Campus, East Durham College’s First Team ran out 6-3 winners against Hartlepool 6th Form’s First IX, moving them up to fifth in the BCS North East Division League One table.

But it wasn’t such a great day for the EDC Seconds losing 2-5 on home turf to Hartlepool 6th Form’s Seconds, leaving EDC third in the BCS North East Division League Two table.