Match Report: Notts County (A) 2-2

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LATE GOULDING STRIKE SEALS PRECIOUS POINT FOR THE CHERRIES | A Brett Pitman free-kick and Jeff Goulding’s first goal of the season deep into injury time sealed a hard fought draw at Meadow Lane.

With four straight wins and no goals conceded since the arrival of new boss, and ex-Cherry, Steve Cotterill the home side were keen to make it five. However, it was the visitors who were quickest out of the blocks and it only took five minutes for the Cherries to get their first real chance. The ball was played to Connell who beat the keeper from close range, but the County captain was on hand to kick the ball off the line. It didn’t take long for another chance to arrive as a stinging shot from Feeney was parried straight to Fletcher who fell over and the chance was gone. On 22nd minutes Rhoys Wiggins was caught out to give the hosts a penalty. Hughes weak effort was stopped by Jalal, but he couldn’t reach the rebound as Hughes sent County one-up. Hughes was involved again as Garry tried to stop a goalbound shot, this time stamping on Garry’s face. No card and no goal, offside.

HALF TIME 0-1

The visitor’s needed a way back into the game and it duly came in the 50th min. A free-kick from just outside the area was placed perfectly into the bottom corner by Pitman, and a deflection on the way. The hosts were quickly back in front as that man that we all love put a well-placed header past Jalal to put the hosts in front. The Cherries started to bring Feeney back into the game which immediately paid dividends creating a great chance for Pitman. But, it was Goulding who got the glory with a well-struck volley that beat Schmeichel for a precious point.

MATCH FACTS

MAN OF THE MATCH | MARVIN BARTLEY
Committed, controlled and never stopped running

GOALS: Pitman, Goulding
ATTENDANCE: 6120
REF: Webster
SHOT ON TARGET: 10
SHOTS OFF TARGET: 6
FOULS: 10

FOOTBALL LEAGUE TWO | 15th March 2010

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