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Nottingham Ball Bois - 12 October 2014 (Home)


What a difference a week makes - from a disappointing and luckless performance in Leicester, a much more tenacious and lucky Terriers turned up for our first home league game of the season to snatch a draw against Nottingham with virtually the last kick of the game.

With numerous late injuries leaving us with a squad half full of defenders, it wasn't too much of a surprise that we opted for a more conservative outlook in the first period and looked for chances on the break. Overall, it worked pretty well - Jonny B swept up well, although both sides had a couple of opportunities to make the breakthrough, but the game remained goalless after 45 minutes.

We endured something of a sloppy start to the second half, as we adjusted to the low sun in our eyes and nearly paid the price when one of Nottingham's players clipped the outside of the post. They got even closer soon after, with a freekick from the right corner of our box being expertly saved by Jonny diving down to his right, despite a crowd scene in front of him.

However, he wasn't able to prevent the visitors opening the scoring - although he and Luke F-S both got partial blocks in, the ball still broke to the Nottingham player to fire home past Luke who’d got back onto the line.

Following the goal, we knuckled down and sought out the equaliser, but things just weren't happening in the final third - the closest we got was Haff fizzing a shot just over the bar from 20 yards. Nottingham could've sealed the victory as we pushed forward, but their finishing touch had deserted them too.

It proved costly as a trademark tackle from Luke went out to Carl N on the right touchline, who threaded the needle by playing the ball forward to the tireless Matt B past a number of Nottingham players. Matt's sumptuous pass sent Stuart A clean through and - despite Nottingham protests about offside - a deft lob over the onrushing keeper sealed a point with seconds left on the clock.

Such was the level of team performance, no man of the match was given as it didn't seem right to single out an individual when everyone turned it on when it mattered.

Credit to Jim H for today's match report.