Sleights keeper denied Begovic moment

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Sleights Reserves’ goalkeeper Jamie Wassall was denied his Asmir Begovic moment when the referee called a halt on 65 minutes with Sleights 2-1 up at Westover.

The goalkeeper’s clearance had bounced over his opposite number and would have been the winner in the Scarborough League third division clash, after Mike Jeffrey’s volley cancelled out the hosts’ opener - but sleet and hail forced an abandonment.

Sleights Reserves’ player-manager Rob Ingham said he was left: “very frustrated and disappointed” by the decision.

Sleights 1sts dropped points for only the second time this season, eventually coming from behind to claim a draw in this roller-coaster second division encounter.

James Howard’s men began slowly, with keeper Dave Fish a busy man, so it was no surprise when the visitors led on 20 minutes through Isaac Sands. Sleights continued to struggle and just before half-time, Sands chipped Fish to leave the previously-unbeaten villagers shell-shocked. After some home truths from player-boss Howard, James Fawcett expertly dispatched a 60th minute penalty and Lee Brennan volleyed home a dramatic equaliser. Cayton grabbed a third goal from Jamie Whitelaw’s neat header, only for Sleights to rally once again as an inswinging Simon Taylor corner was rifled home by Fawcett. Assistant manager Ian Rhucroft then had a goal-bound effort blocked on the line and SFC man of the match Ben Watson had a strike harshly disallowed.

Howard told the Whitby Gazette: “I was disappointed with our first-half performance as were all the players. I demanded a reaction which, to be fair, I got. I don’t like to praise individual performances too much, but Rhucroft’s tenacity was fantastic after such a long time out.”

Sleights FC: Fish, Asbury, S Leadley, Davies (Rhucroft 45), Taylor, J Leadley, McCarthy, Fawcett, Roe (Howard 60), L Brennan, Watson.

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