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SWINDON SUNDAY LEAGUE: Half-time dressing down inspires Freshbrook
6:00am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Sport
A HALF-TIME grilling from ‘ballistic’ boss Stephen Scargill inspired AFC Freshbrook to come back from 5-0 down to earn a dramatic 5-5 draw with Cricklade Park Rangers.
Following an opening 45 minutes which could barely have gone any worse for the Moredon Rec side in the Division Six clash, a brace from Junior Small and goals from Liam Ballard, Nicky Newman and Adam Harman levelled matters to earn the hardest of hard earned points.
After hauling themselves back into the contest it looked as if Freshbrook had come up with an unlikely winner when manager Scargill’s shot came down off the inside of the bar, but it bounced clear and the boss had to be content with just a point.
“We had a few players out with injury and we just didn’t turn up, and they wanted it more than us to be honest and they played well in the first half,” he said.
“I went absolutely ballistic at half-time because it should have been maybe 7-0 and after a bit of a roasting we played a lot better in the second and managed to pull it back.
“I hit the bar with five minutes to go and it came down and bounced away, but we showed a bit of spirit and I’m pleased with that.
“I suppose we were lucky to get a point because they played really well, but it’s a point gained rather than two dropped.
“We didn’t have our keeper and our centre-backs and we couldn’t deal with it when they pumped it long, but we changed things in the second half and it was better.”
The draw leaves Freshbrook as one of only two unbeaten sides in the division, and Scargill believes his side and leaders Gorsehill Borough are likely to be in the promotion mix.
“We’re still undefeated which is really good, and we’re playing Rug Shack again in a few weeks which will be a major grudge match because we beat them 3-2 last time,” he said.
“The two of us and Gorsehill Borough are the strongest teams in the league I think, and we’re the ones to beat.”
Elsewhere in the division Craig Simmons scored four and Bart Duckett netted a hat trick in Marlborough Town Casuals’ 11-1 win over Coleshill Youth, with Ali Mair, Harry Etheridge and Tom Wren also on target.
AFC Gas maintained their 100 per cent record at the top of Division One following their 4-3 win over Wheatsheaf, while The Running Horse FC and West Swindon Wanderers are in the same position in Division Two.
FC Walcot made it four wins from four in Division Three with an 8-1 success over Rodbourne Real, while Nationwide Pavilion and FS Swindon are perfect in Division Four following wins over Stratton Saints and Swindon Asians.
Matty Horsell scored four of Cleeve Tech’s nine goals in their 9-3 victory over Toothill Revolution, with Aidan Doyle scoring twice and Nathaniel Harrison, Steve Chappell and Kevin Bathe each registering.
DBS FC are the only unbeaten team in Division Five following their 2-1 win over Penhill Moonrakers.
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