Wednesday, August 21, 2019

New Norfolk weather the Storm to share the points

Photo:  Brighton's Tait Gill volleys against the New Norfolk crossbar late in the game [PlessPix]

(Southern Championship 5, KGV Park, Tuesday, 20 August 2019)

Brighton Storm 1 (Tait Gill 41)
New Norfolk 1 (Brodie Bruce 66)

HT:  1-0   Ref:  F Amacosante

Brighton Storm:  J Smith;  Campbell, Cassidy, Collis, Heawood, Langford, H Lowe, N Lowe, Meredith, Pullen, P Sandric  (Subs:  Fewkes, Gill, T Sandric, Steele)

New Norfolk:  Kalbfell;  B Bruce, J Bruce, Derksen, Eastwood, Gibson, Henderson, Hodge, Leaman, Milburn, Moltow  (Subs:  Nieuwesteeg, D Snell, R Snell, James White, Joel White)

Photo:  New Norfolk keeper Alan Kalbfell watches a corner drift wide and into the side-netting [PlessPix]

Brighton Storm remain 9th and New Norfolk 10th in the Southern Championship 5 standings after this 1-1 draw at KGV Park tonight in a catch-up game.

Brighton Storm had the better chances and should probably have won, but New Norfolk defended bravely and had some luck and so can be pleased with salvaging a point.

New Norfolk were on the back foot for much of the first half and two of their players were shown yellow cards as the side tried everything to thwart their opponents.

Four minutes before the interval, Brighton Storm took the lead when Tait Gill attached down the left and hammered home an unstoppable shot from just inside the box.

Photo:  A solid challenge from a New Norfolk player [PlessPix]

New Norfolk refused to surrender and came back strongly in the second half.

Brodie Bruce found an equaliser midway through second half after a quick counter-attack.

Brighton Storm went looking for a winner, but New Norfolk keeper Alan Kalbfell kept them at bay.

He produced a fine save to deny Bayley Campbell, diving low to his left to turn the shot wide of the post.

And, Gill was unlucky not to grab a second goal when his superb volley from just inside the box clipped the top of the crossbar.

Brighton Storm keeper Josh Smith also produced a sound display to ensure his side of a share of the points.

Photo:  New Norfolk's Dylan Snell (right) saves the day by clearing a Brighton Storm attack [PlessPix]

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