26th Jun, 2017

George Hollingsworth scores late on to salvage a point for Coventry & North Warwickshire

Steve Carpenter 20th Mar, 2017 Updated: 20th Mar, 2017

HOCKEY: A LAST minute goal by George Hollingsworth earned Coventry & North Warwickshire a point as they drew 3-3 at home to Telford & Wrekin in the Midland League Division Two.

As the league season draws to a close, Coventry maintained their good form with a draw against promotion-hunting Telford and it took a last minute goal from George Hollingsworth to pull it off.

Sam Clarke had opened the scoring as early as the second minute after forcing the ball into the goal after a good run from the right but the lead only lasted two minutes, with Telford striking from a precision pass into the area and Adrian Johnson was beaten by a low shot.

It was then Telford’s turn to take the lead after firing into the roof of the net before Dom Bell created a chance from nothing and his reverse hit shot left the Telford keeper with no chance to make it 2-2 at the break.

Although the visitors had more of the play, Hugh Kenny Herbert and Luke Reynolds were making their presence felt and newcomers to the first team Oli Smith and Aidan McMahon were all contributing to stop a repeat of the 2-7 defeat in the reverse fixture.

Bell made a good impact and fired wide then had his first short corner attempt saved but it was Telford who went in front again.

It seemed all over for a plucky Coventry team until as the final seconds loomed, Hollingsworth capped off a fine game by scoring the equaliser leaving no time for any Telford comeback.

Coventry play their final match next Saturday at demoted team Shrewsbury’s ground, having turned around a dismal first half of the season.