FOOTBALL: Struggling Matson a match for Didmarton
8:09pm Tuesday 15th April 2014 in Sport
Stroud & District Div One
DIDMARTON had to settle for a point in their final game of the campaign against a determined Matson side who were battling for survival in the division.
The game started brightly with some good early opportunities being cancelled out by both defences.
Didmarton took the lead when forward Josh Hoare was put through in behind the Matson back line, clinically converting low past the keeper.
Matson levelled the scoring 15 minutes later when a right wing cross was not dealt with, allowing the Matson forward to slot in past keeper Gary Waldron.
Didmarton were guilty of wasting several good opportunities including a three-man break with only the keeper to beat.
Top scorer Lee Keveren did bag his 11th goal of the season to send Didmarton into a 2-1 lead following some fluent possession from the midfield and forwards.
Bottom-of-the-table Matson soon started committing players forward in the hope of salvaging something from the game.
The away side remained resilient, however, and cut out the danger on a number of occasions in the second half, thanks to some solid goalkeeping from the ever reliable Waldron.
Matson's pressure was eventually rewarded late on in the game when a scramble in the box allowed the ball to break for Matson's lively forward in the 80th minute and he levelled at 2-2.
A nervy final 10 minutes concluded an open, attacking game in which Matson will be disappointed not to gain the three points they required, as Didmarton confirmed their place among the top five in the division.