REPORT/REACTION: Long Eaton remain unbeaten after draw at Sphinx
Kameron Campbell’s second-half equaliser rescued a point to extend Long Eaton's unbeaten run to seven games on Tuesday evening at Coventry Sphinx.
Jamal Adams' debut goal provided the hosts with a lead in the 26th minute before Campbell’s poached effort levelled the scoreline with 59 minutes on the clock.
Ian Deakin made five changes to the Long Eaton team that started in Saturday’s 1-0 win against RC Warwick at Grange Park.
Monday’s new arrival Tom Marshall was handed a debut and began the match in midfield. However, Sam Wilson picked up an injury early on which forced him off the pitch, and with no recognised goalkeeper on the bench, Marshall donned the goalie's gloves.
Three minutes later the hosts’ striker Adams broke through on goal with a well-timed run and nestled the ball directly into the bottom corner to give Sphinx the lead.
A whipped free kick from Jamie Walker on the halfway line fell for Campbell to volley at the back post, but Tom Cross was there to stop the shot.
Moments before half-time, Ashanti Price lobbed the ball towards the back post from a tight angle, though Kieran Walker was there to clear the effort off the line.
After the break, first-half substitute Charlie Wilde challenged Cross with a venomous snapshot, yet once again the Sphinx number one caught the shot with composure.
Daniel Fraser won back possession in the final third and switched the ball to Adams, who cut inside to shoot, but was denied a brace by the outstretched palms of Tom Marshall.
In the 59th minute the Blues brought the game level. A classic long throw-in from Kieran Walker picked out Jamie Walker, whose cross picked out Alex Marshall to head the ball down for Campbell to tap in.
Jude Brittain almost found a winner for Long Eaton; he played a smart one-two with Campbell but could not stop his shot from rising over the bar.
An altercation by the touchline saw several players for both teams booked, and Coventry Sphinx reduced to ten men after captain Callum Woodward received his marching orders in the final minutes.
By Bradley White