Local football: United produce three goal comeback to stay top

Denaby United in action
Denaby United in action

A depleted Denaby United side came back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with visitors Silkstone United.

Silkstone were looking to overtake a United side that went into the game one point ahead of themselves at the summit of County Senior League Division One.

The Reds put in a disappointing first 45 minutes with the visitors having the territorial advantage.

Reds keeper Ben Priestley was the busier of the two keepers and saved bravely at the feet of Mitch Wilshire.

However, he could do little on 18 minutes when a free kick out on the left was played into the penalty area by Daniel Duffy, the ball came through a crowd of players but nestled inside the far post without getting a touch for an unlikely goal, although the visitors will claim the lead was deserved.

Just two minutes later United conceded a second, a cross from the left was only half cleared and as the ball was lobbed back into the penalty area it glanced off United skipper Ryan Scott’s head and arched over Priestley to make it 2-0 to Silkstone.

Then before half time United lost cheap possession in the left back position, a cross came in from the right and the impressive Wilshire was on hand to put the ball away to give his side a 3-0 lead.

However, just before the break United struck back as Ben Parker fed the ball out to Steve Ellor on the left and he got clear of the defence and shot across the keeper inside the far post.

United started the second period slowly, but from the hour mark United began to have more of a say in proceedings.

With just nine minutes remaining United scored a second, as a Wayne McSeveney corner sailed over everyone’s head for Wood to nod home.

Shortly afterwards United got level when Ellor gave Steve Morfitt no chance as he levelled matters to rescue Denaby an important point.

United continued to push but despite going close they had to settle for a draw.