Frustrating Trip To Pickering
Pickering Town 2-1 Ossett United
Pitching In Northern Premier League First Division N/West
Ossett United travelled to Pickering Town without the points to back up recent good performances full of confidence today would be the day the points column of the Pitching In NPL First Division N/West table started to tick over.
Wayne Benn kept faith with the same eleven that started at home to Colne on Saturday and they started quickly and on the front foot with two early chances created down the right-hand side.
First Nash Connolly was released but his cut back was just behind Seon Ripley and then it was Connolly himself who was found in the box by Gagen. Connolly sliding away from goal managed to send the ball goalward but ultimately it ended up just wide.
It was a good start from United and gave hope to the travelling support who made up a large portion of the 136 in attendance. United continued to attack, Ripley and Green combined to release Connolly again down the right, his low driven cross beat the defence and was just beyond the reach of Seon Ripley who had continued his run to the back post.
Attacks from the home side were limited and on the rare occasion they pushed forward they were often crowded out by Stockdill and Teasdale before they could encroach the defence and goalkeeper.
Ossett United went close again through George Green who fired wide from the edge of the area before disaster struck. United gave the ball away in the middle of their half before a slick passing move by Pickering released Jason Barnes who, one on one with Max Dearnley, opened his body and curled an effort into the far post.
The goal knocked Ossett United and the slick play of the opening stages was not seen, and there was further disruption as Harry Gagen limped off to be replaced by Luke Hogg with the impressive Ben Teasdale moving from midfield to right back.
Even as the half time whistle blew there was confidence amongst the traveling support as enough chances had been created to believe one would be taken.
Batteries re-charged and Wayne Benn’s words in their ears Ossett United again started the second half well. A George Green corner was cleared but as the ball found its way back to him, he whipped over an excellent cross onto the head of Jack Stockdill. He placed his header back across the goal, the keeper beaten and the bar too.
With the clock approaching the hour mark Ossett United mounted another attack, Nash Connolly picked the ball up outside the area and fired in a shot that the home keeper couldn’t hold onto, with defenders closing in it was George Green who reacted first to side foot the ball into the goal for a much-deserved equaliser.
The goal gave a lift to players and supporters alike with Ossett United on the attack straight away, Haswell going close to a second goal just a minute later.
Benn then freshened up the front like with Guest and Harrison replacing Haswell and Ripley. The attacks continued but no clear opportunities were created. Harrison had a half chance saved and Connolly a shot blocked.
The game then changed in a thirty-second period, a ball over the top Guest battled with the defender, getting in front of him as the ball dropped. The defender leaning into Guest, a forearm across his back caused Guest to be bundled over.
Both sides and supporters looked at the referee expecting him to point to the spot but incredibly he waved the challenge away. Pickering then took advantage of Ossett’s frustration, mounting a quick attack down the left. The ball was cut back and they had their second shot of the game as Harry Jessop, in the 80th minute, scored the home sides second and winning goal.
The final ten minutes were played out in very stop-start fashion with the home side slowing the game down at every opportunity, which most sides would do in this situation. The frustration is that they were allowed to do so without word from the match official.
The season is yet to start for Ossett United and frustrations will naturally be a key emotion, but once again the side showed enough to win the game, the results will come.
1. Max Dearnley, 2. Harry Gagen (15. Luke Hogg), 3. Ross Hardaker, 4. Ben Teasdale, 5. Jimmy Burke, 6. Cameron Clark, 7. Nash Connolly, 8. Jack Stockdill ©, 9. Seon Ripley (14. Nick Guest), 10. George Green (Goal), 11. Aaron Haswell (12. Elliot Harrison) | 16. Marcel Chipamaunga.