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More anguish for Otley Town
9:30am Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
Beeston 4 Otley Town 1
Otley Town travelled to Beeston more in hope than expectation given their poor start to the West Yorkshire League season and the quality of the opposition.
However, the early stages of the Premier Division game saw Town in the ascendancy and had their finishing been sharper on a couple of occasions they might easily have taken the lead When a goal did arrive for Town, it was a complete fluke. A harmless looking free-kick flighted into the Beeston box saw their central defender inexplicably glance a header past his helpless keeper who was rooted to the spot.
Beeston were clearly rattled and began to exert pressure on the Town goal. This was admirably repelled by the Otley rearguard until the young referee, clearly intimidated by his surroundings, awarded the softest of penalties much to the astonishment of the Town supporters and most of the players.
This was duly converted and with the game deadlocked at 1-1, the referee then failed to give a much clearer penalty to Beeston after the Town keeper manhandled an opponent during a goalmouth melee. So all in all, justice seemed to be done.
The second half began with Beeston strongly in the ascend- ancy and it was no surprise when they took the lead.
It took a superb strike from 25 yards into the top corner, but a goal had been coming.
A third followed soon afterwards, and the writing was on the wall for Town.
In fairness, they never gave up until with 20 minutes remaining a crunching challenge between Scott Firth and his Beeston opponent left the latter writhing on the floor in agony – an audible snap had been heard by spectators and players alike.
This was just one of those unfortunate incidents that occur in football from time to time, and nobody was attaching any blame to the Otley player.
It was therefore much to everyone's bemusement that the referee brandished a red card.
The game was then delayed for 45 minutes while the injury was dealt with, and when the players returned no-one was much in the mood for playing football.
With Town down to ten men, Beeston managed to score a fourth goal before the end of the game.
This Saturday Town have a home game against Whitkirk Wanderers (kick off 2:30pm).