Football: Brooklyn tie with division one leaders Tadcaster Magnets

Brooklyn marksman David Thompson, left

Brooklyn marksman David Thompson, left

First published in Sport

The weather again impacted on Saturday’s fixture list in the league.

Brooklyn’s crucial game with division one leaders Tadcaster Magnets went ahead, though, and David Thompson’s goal in a 1-1 draw just about kept alive their slim hopes of nicking a promotion place.

It was one of fourth-placed Brooklyn’s best performances of the season but they could not find a winner and now need to win their last four games and hope others slip up badly.

They tightened up at the back after last week’s poor defensive display, with man-of-the-match Richard Webster, Kristian Wilkinson, Chris Seager and Max Fraser coping extremely well throughout. Andrew Slaughter made a few early saves but Brooklyn never seemed in any real danger.

The midfield of Kev Oxendale, Ryan Boyd and Andrew Metcalfe worked extremely well as a unit and played their big part as Brooklyn took the lead midway through the first half.

Boyd laid the ball to Metcalfe, who whipped it around the defence to striker Thompson, who found the net.

The attack of Andrew Philips, Mikey Brown and Thompson caused problems but it remained only 1-0 at the interval.

The second half was well matched, but luck deserted Brooklyn and in particular Seager early on.

The centre-half was in a foot race with Adam Field and pulled a hamstring, leaving the Magnets striker clear on goal to round Slaughter and knock the ball home.

Brooklyn could not convert opportunities and so had to settle for a draw.

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