HAVING endured a difficult start to the season, Watlington Town’s Reserves picked up their first Oxfordshire Senior League Division 3 point on Saturday at the seventh time of asking with this stunning draw at Charlton on Otmoor.
In a game played in difficult conditions amid high winds and a soaked pitch, Charlton raced into a 3-0 lead midway through the first half with well-taken strikes from Will Cooper, Chris Staker and Steve McLaughlin.
The hosts could have added to their tally but for Watlington’s man-of-the-match, goalkeeper Bob Denhem, who made some outstanding saves to keep the visitors in the game.
Despite their poor start Watlington refused to give in and before the half was out captain Ben Little gave the visitors a glimmer of hope with a half-volley from outside the area that flew in off the crossbar.
In the second half, with the wind now behind them, Watlington reduced the deficit when a long throw caused disarray in the area and Keith Woolfson swept home the loose ball from close range. The hosts were now struggling to find the same rhythm in their passing that they had enjoyed in the first half as Watlington put them under constant pressure in their desperate search for an equaliser.
With less than 20 minutes left the referee awarded the visitors a penalty when goalkeeper James Tidbury was adjudged to have illegally blocked off striker Sam Carter with his arm. Carter got up to slot home the penalty to complete the comeback for the visitors.
In the few minutes remaining both sides worked hard to carve out chances at either end in their quest for a winner, but no goal was forthcoming as the teams settled for a point each.