• Edward Moss

Shiners are held by Mickleover thanks to late leveller

South Normanton are still searching for their first win of the new campaign following their 2-2 draw to Mickleover RBL on Saturday in the CML Premier Division South.

​The first chance of the game fell for the visitors as within the first five minutes a Mickleover attacker latched onto to a good through ball, but saw his effort go well wide.

Mickleover continued being on top for the opening 20 minutes, with South Normanton defending well, putting their bodies on the line to stop shots on goal.

South Normanton's first good chance of the game came in the 21st minute through Matt Fowler. The winger made a great run down the left hand side before delivering an inviting ball into the box which was met by Matt Phillips who smashed the ball against the woodwork.

​Moments later it was Fowler and Phillips linking up again to break the deadlock, with the full back this time finding Fowler with a brilliant long pass. Taking the ball in his stride Fowler was able to cut inside and although the keeper stopped his first effort, he was able to convert the rebound.

As the first half grew to a close and the game began to open up, Mickleover equalised, Jack Smedley found on the edge of the box who produced a sublime finish to make it 1-1.

​Both teams created plenty of chances in the second half, but it was South Normanton who took the lead just past the hour mark. A Shiners free-kick bounced over the Mickleover defence which Henry Brooks gladly latched onto. The striker, showing great composure, then rounded the goalkeeper before putting the ball into the back of the net.

​Brooks thought he had got his second goal of the game with a lovely one touch finish into the back of the net, however the linesman had his flag up.

To add to the Shiners' misfortune, minutes later Mickleover scored a deserved equaliser when the ball fell to Jordan Lee who smashed it into the back of the net to make it 2-2 late on.

​Mickleover could have won it in the last minute, but South Normanton keeper Will Sherwood, faced with a one-on-one situation, did well to stay on his feet and make an important save.

Despite defending well throughout the game, South Normanton just couldn't hold on to take all three points. A positive performance either way, as the Shiners now prepare to take on Wirksworth Ivanhoe at the Lane next Saturday.