Football
Athletic draw a thriller

By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 28 November 2012 Updated: 28/11 14:30

LUTTERWORTH Athletic came away from Gedling Miners Welfare with a point following an eight-goal East Midlands Counties League Premier Division thriller.

The visitors adapted to the heavy conditions the better in the early stages and went 1-0 ahead courtesy of Dom Ivens after he linked well with Danny Laywood.

Athletic should have gone further ahead but poor finishing let them down and they were made to pay on the stroke of half time when goalkeeper Mark Lill failed to hold on to a corner and the ball was prodded home.

If Athletic were on top at the start of the first half the roles were very much reversed at the start of the second as Gedling came out strongly and got themselves ahead.

Leading scorer Laywood soon had Athletic back on terms but a mad two minutes followed when the visitors gave away two penalties in the space of two minutes.

Firstly Tony Brown was penalised for a reckless challenge before Mike Lucas was shown red for handling on the line.

With both spot kicks converted, Athletic suddenly faced a 4-2 deficit and with only ten men their hopes of rescuing anything from the contest looked bleak.

Brown gave them hope when scoring from a corner though and there was jubilation five minutes later when Jack Sutherland fired home from 25-yards.

There was even a last gasp chance to secure all three points but Ivens was unable to convert when one-on-one with the keeper.

Athletic turn their attention to the County Cup this weekend and a trip to Sileby Saints.

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