Leyton Pennant v Uxbridge

Report

Isthmian League Division 1 1998-9
2 - 3
Final Score
Troy Dixon - 1Billy Read - 1
Game Statistics
0 Yellows 0
0 Reds 0

Report

Leyton Pennant’s six-match unbeaten run was brought to an end by an out-of-form but determined Uxbridge side.

The enforced break of ten days didn’t seem to help the Lilywhites who looked a little ring rusty at first and relied on John Cheesewright to make a couple of smart saves in the opening quarter.

Billy Cove and Billy Read combined for Pennant’s first meaningful attack, which ended with Read’s goalbound shot being blocked on the line.

A mixed first half looked certain to end goalless but the visitors stole the lead deep into injury time.

Pennant nearly drew level immediately after the restart through Cove but he blazed over when clean through.

As it was they only had to wait until the 52nd minute for the equaliser. Cove headed a Lowe cross back across the area and Read had time and space to pick his spot.

The Lilywhites took the lead six minutes later. There were shouts for a penalty when John Kent was pushed in the back following a Read corner but play continued and Tony Dixon pounced to fire into the roof of the net.

At this stage, the Pennant were rampant and another goal would probably have been enough to seal victory.

Unfortunately Uxbridge had other ideas and when Cheesewright failed to collect a cross midway through the second half, Poulter headed home to peg Pennant back.

Then with seconds left, Pennant failed to clear and were punished when Ryder sneaked in to give the visitors all three points.