Otley Town denied victory by last minute goal against Beeston

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Otley Town 2 Beeston St Anthony's 2

It is a measure of how far Otley Town have come in recent weeks that a draw against such quality opposition as Beeston should leave them somewhat disappointed – a case of two West Yorkshire League Premier Division points lost rather than one gained.

In fairness, much of this feeling can be attributed to the concession of a last-minute equaliser after it has looked like Town would hold on for a victory.

The game started at a frenetic pace as the two form teams in the division went toe to toe.

Town had the better of these early exchanges, and took a deserved lead when captain Robbie Carr struck a well-placed left-foot shot beyond the visiting goal- keeper.

The remainder of the first half was scoreless, but no less enthralling, with Tristan Holds- worth and Carr again going close for the home side, while Beeston carried a threat through their dangerous and experienced front-runners.

Indeed, goalkeeper James Davies needed to be alert on a couple of occasions to prevent the away side drawing level.

The second half saw Beeston gradually gaining the upper hand in terms of possession and territory, and they equalised when centre forward Sean Jevons drove a daisy-cutter beyond Davies.

Town were tenaciously staying in the game, and fought back to take the lead through Dan Chadwick’s shot through a crowded penalty area after a Sam Jewell corner that was only partially cleared.

The final stages of the game were played out with Beeston on top, but with Town looking capable to sealing the match by scoring again on the counter-attack.

Town defended their lead admir- ably and it looked like they would manage to hold out until in the final minute they switched off momentarily which allowed the excellent Beeston substitute to raid down the left and cross for the ball to be swept gleefully home.

A final score of 2-2 was certainly considered by most observers to be a fair result.

This Saturday Town have an home fixture against Field.(2pm).

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