Kenilworth Wardens leave it late to earn point from Bulldog
By James Smith
9th May 2022 | Football
Two injury time goals earned Kenilworth Wardens a late point over Bulldog, just two weeks after the Glasshouse Lane outfit beat them to lift the Spa Trophies Cup.
Wardens knew they could only finish third, regardless of the result, and initially their attitude reflected this with Bulldog very much on top in the opening period.
Alex Brown had to make several saves, including a unbelievable double save to dent Bulldog and keep the game goalless.
However on 30 minutes Wardens failed to deal with a routine throw in down the line, which was crossed and met with a free header six yards out, leaving Brown with no chance.
Despite changes in the second half, Bulldog continued to dominate with their direct style of play and deservedly went two up despite Brown making another fine save before the rebound was tucked in.
Substitute Dan Twigger quickly pulled one back, controlling a long ball forward and prodding into the corner from close range - his 15th goal this year for Wardens' Sunday side.
With Kenilworth pushing for an equaliser Bulldog restored their two goal led with 20 minutes left.
A long ball forward was not dealt with and the striker's shot took a deflection off James Carro's heel, leaving Brown going to wrong way as the ball trickled into the net.
With 90 minutes gone Wardens looked dead and buried.
But their young side have made a habit of scoring late goals - doing so on six occasions already this year - including twice against Bulldog.
On 90 minutes a corner was half cleared to Carro whose shot was saved off the line but Ethan Price fired home the rebound from close range for his seventh of the year.
Two minutes later Wardens won another corner. It was cleared as far as Toby Wells who flicked the ball over the defender and then volleyed from inside the box straight into the top corner for a staggering 26th goal of the season.
With two minutes of injury time remaining, Wardens pushed for the winner, however Bulldog managed to hold on - meaning the game finished 3-3.
"Understandably, the intensity wasn't really there today," said manager Paddy Breslin.
"It's been a long season and we couldn't change our league position.
"We've had three very tough matches against Bulldog and today was no different. It isn't a coincidence how often we've come from behind or scored late this season though.
"We've got great energy and skill in the final third when we turn it on. It's been a brilliant campaign and a great division to be a part of."