Football
Hawker's late strike rescues a point for Earls

By Jamie Arrowsmith Monday 18 February 2013 Updated: 20/02 17:17

Coventry Copsewood 1 Earlswood Town 1

Midland Combination Premier Division

A LATE strike from substitute Sammy Hawker gave Earls a share of the spoils from their trip to in-form Coventry Copsewood.

Having won their three previous outings, Copsewood were always likely to pose a difficult test for Earls but ultimately the visitors would have been disappointed not to leave with three points after producing an impressive second half display.

The first chance of the afternoon fell to the home side's Petajon Gordon but Earls keeper Richard Taylor kept him out before the visitors began to venture forward themselves.

Nicky Briggs and Dale Edwards were both causing problems out wide whilst Charisma Agbonlahor went on a fine 19th minute run but was denied by keeper Scott Furlong.

Edwards went agonisingly close to making it 1-0 only to see his effort come back off the post and Copsewood took full advantage of their escape to go up the other end and score.

Ross Winbush picked up a loose ball just inside the box and sent a low shot past the outstretched arm of Taylor.

A couple of chances to extend their lead came and went begging before Earls tried to hit back through Sam Wills and Jack Wilcox before half time but they were unable to draw level before half time.

It was a determined Earls outfit who emerged for the second half and they quickly pushed Copsewood on the defensive.

It appeared the hosts were happy to try and soak up what Earls could throw at them and it appeared for long spells that their tactic was going to work.

The introduction of Reece Hewitt midway through the half livened things up for the visitors but still the goal would not come.

Just when it appeared that the afternoon was going to end in frustration for the Malt House Lane outfit, Hawker popped up at the right place at the right time to drill a shot through a crowded penalty area that gave the unsighted keeper no chance.

Earls entertain Bolehall Swifts on Saturday (3pm).

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