Holman SC 1, Wendron Utd 1
MANAGERLESS Wendron missed the chance to move in to the top half of the table after being held to a 1-1 draw at Holmans on Saturday.
The away side, who saw manager Craig Martin step down last week after a home defeat to Troon, controlled the majority of the game but were left to rue missed chances as Holmans battled back to earn a point.
Club captain Ryan Tresidder, who stepped up to take charge of the game at Blaythorne, was left frustrated after seeing his side pay the price for their lack of cutting edge.
He said: "It's disappointing because we dominated the game bar a ten minute spell in the second half and I think we panicked a bit towards the end."
The midfielder also revealed that although the club were looking at appointing a new manager as soon as possible, he was in the dark adding that he knew as little as anybody else about the current situation.
In contrast, Holmans boss Andy Tasker was happy with the point his side gained and there is a sense of optimism around the club, who have picked up four points from their last two matches.
He said: "We rode our luck in the first half but we were unlucky to concede when we did.
"We showed resilience today to get back in the game and I think we're slowly getting their now I have a full squad to choose from."
And it was Tasker's substitutes who turned the game in his side's favour after Wendron completely dominated a first half which saw them bombard Ben Minns' goal from all angles but only find the back of the net once.
Lone striker Oscar Mitchell was guilty of missing several chances for the away side, with his first coming after just five minutes but Minns did brilliantly to block his shot and get down again to smother the rebound.
Chris Harris then blazed over from six yards before Adam Barnicoat's strike from close range had Minns beaten but was blocked on the line by Holman's skipper, Jason Blight.
The home side were somehow holding on and when Jack Greenwood cleared a deft chip from Mitchell off the line, it looked like they were somehow going to go in at the break all square.
But with the last kick of the half, Wendron's positive approach was finally rewarded.
Tom Langford's clever flick after some lovely build up play was inch perferct for Harris, who made no mistake with his finish this time calmly slotting past Minns in to the corner.
It was no more than the away side deserved after completely outplaying Holmans for 45 minutes, and they continued to carve open the home defence in the second half with Langford and Mitchell again bringing the best out of Minns.
Mitchell again came close before the introduction of Phil Clarke and Paul Billings just after the hour mark turned the game in Holmans' favour as they started to get hold of the ball and create more chances.
And after Aaron Meredith's effort from close range was deflected wide, the resulting corner was stabbed home by Blight, leaving the away side shell shocked.
With the momentum on their side, Holman's nearly stole victory in the closing stages but Blight could only head Meredith's cross wide.
It would have been harsh on Wendron, who would have only had themselves to blame as they should have had the game won by half-time.