One of Anchs toughest games this season which saw them return down the A2 (after very good teas –chip buddies and beer!) with a hard earned point that keeps their promotion hopes alive and kicking with 6 games to go.
The warm up was good and Anchs made the better start with Chris Lack taking control in the middle aided by Michael Lindley and Jake Stevens. A few half chances saw Joe Byrant force a save from their keeper and Callum Harris almost get on the end of a good move involving Glen Rawson. However it was the home team that took the lead midway through the first half. A counter attack from a defensive short corner which almost saw Ash Risby lose his head saw Anchs heavily outnumbered at the back. Clever play and having a man free at the back post, allowed BBHC to work a good goal. However Anchs went back on the attack and within 5 minutes Glen Rawson scored a reverse stick that would not have looked out of place in the National Leagues. With Anchs in control a poor mistake by Chris Lack allowed the centre forward a run in on goal, where he slipped the ball past ‘Keeper Darren Richardson, allowing his partner to score from one yard out. 2-1 to BBHC at half time.
Following a ‘let’s get at them’ chat at half time, Anchs took control with Ash Risby particularly impressive on the left. Sustained pressure led to Anchs being awarded a flick with Ash Risby somehow managed to squeeze between the ‘keepers legs. Having pulled level Anchs decided to sit back. Despite good shot stopping from ‘keeper Darren Richardson and excellent defending from Gary Jackson and Simon Pickard, BBHC retook the lead when their centre forward was left unmarked at the back post and slotted home a good reverse finish. Anchs then woke up and should have been in the lead but for poor finishing meant they were still behind with 5 to go. A wonderful team movement saw Anchs draw level in the closing stages. A great pass from Gary Jackson to Jake Stevens saw Jack Oxby released down the right and his pace saw him cut through the opposition defence and slip the ball to Callum Harris who finished well.
A massive thank you to Mark Hamer for umpiring the game superbly well.
Next week Blackheath come to town and Anchs will be looking for three points!