Late Goal Denies Gornal A Point
By Ashley Davies
Sikh Hunters scored four minutes from time to deny Gornal a well deserved point at Long Lane Park
Gornal welcomed back long term absentees Jack Latham and Oliver Hartland into the XI for the trip to Long Lane Park against a promotion chasing Sikh Hunters looking to go third.
Four minutes in and it was another returning player, Ash Green that was called upon pushing a Dan Jones shot onto the post low down.
Hartland was then denied by a good block with Aaron Weston showing the Gornal faithful what he can bring on debut.
Ash Green was called upon again to star fish save as Sikh Hunters breached thethe Gornal defence. Even when they seemed to beat Green the rock of Chris Hill stood in their way with blocks. The captain having a standout performance against a free scoring side of recent weeks.
Hunters were really testing Green and forced the keeper into a save with his legs and a last ditch save on the line from a header as the half grew on but Gornal stood strong to the break. Nathan Griffiths had a free kick held and you could sense frustration just growing a little from hosts with Gornal refusing to give up.
Sikh Hunters thought they had the breakthrough when a shot from twenty yards was arrowing into the bottom corner. Ash Green got down to his right and pushed it around the post. Gornal stood strong once more on a set piece and cleared.
Weston was really growing into the game for Gornal and saw a shot deflected just wide of the post. The wideman showing he isn't afraid to shoot.
Chris Hill then again read play wonderfully to clear a low cross along the six yard box. Captain fantastic then, again, ensuring Gornal held it together on a set piece.
Green then came out and stayed big to deny a Sikh Hunters goal before the hosts headed over with ten to go. The temperature was bubbling but the game played the right way. An impressive amount of heart from a tiring Gornal was respected by the hosts.
The Gornal chance fell to debutant Alex Ekumah, a fresh legged runner brought the ball down and laced an effort towards the near bottom corner only for Liam Haynes to pull out a magnificent reaction save low down and push it around the post.
From that corner Gornal were countered. Jay Rossiter, who'd been absolutely sterling throughout just couldn't nick the ball and then it was a foot race from half way, a pass inside later and Dan Jones effort raised high past the outstretched Ash Green into the roof of the net via a small touch off Halwest Wahab.
Sikh Hunters spectators then invaded the pitch in celebration, which shows you exactly how much Gornal had pushed the promotion chasers.
Gornal couldn't find a leveller but left Long Lane with more positives than negatives to take into Tuesday's home match at Garden Walk against Willenhall Town.