Town earn vital point

Sleaford Town v Cogenhoe football action. Scott Coupland in action for Sleaford. EMN-150217-102344001
Sleaford Town v Cogenhoe football action. Scott Coupland in action for Sleaford. EMN-150217-102344001

Chromasport and Trophies United Counties League

Sleaford 1 Cogenhoe United 1

Sleaford Town earned a good point in their survival battle against seventh-placed Cogenhoe in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Eslaforde Park.

Terry Fleming’s men showed some fighting spirit after the promotion-chasers took the lead with a shot from Dan Thomason after 38 minutes.

Five minutes later Sleaford captain Scott Coupland replied via a through ball from Ben Garrick, back in the side and looking sharp, to level things and that was how it stayed throughout the second half.

Club chairman Brian Rowland was pleased, saying: “It was a good game and a good point, so we have to be happy with that.

“It was a pretty even game to be honest and they are well up the league. After the goals it was a case of neither side could find the winner.”

He also praised the efforts of two new young faces who acquitted themselves well. “Adam Underwood-Harley played well at centre half and the young lad at left back, Tom Preston had a good game having played one game in the reserves,” commented Rowlands. He also had praise for hard-working midfielder George Zuerner.

Rowlands went on: “Now we have no game this Saturday and after that we are playing teams lower down the league which we are capable of beating. I don’t think we will be going down this season.

“I think we now have a few quality players to go further up the league and Terry is doing his best.”

Having lost Liam Tunstall to Deeping Rangers, Rowlands said Fleming was looking to strengthen his firepower, with the experienced Gavin Gordon, the ex-Lincoln City man played for most of the game alongside Garrick.

Missing players are coming back into the side too, with Stewart Reddington set to return after his sending off on his debut and David Hone is back on the scene as well.