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Burns' penalty salvages a point for Motormen
INFLUENTIAL midfielder Michael Burns scored a 76th-minute penalty to earn Motors a much needed point at Bishop’s Stortford.
The Motormen took the lead after just nine minutes when a defensive mix-up forced Stortford keeper Luke Chambers into a parried save which landed at the feet of on-loan striker Dan Parkinson who tapped the ball home from close range.
Stortford got themselves back into the game on 41 minutes when a corner into the box resulted in a goal mouth scramble however the ball eventually fell to on-loan right back Anthony Sinclair-Furlonge who forced the ball over the line from two yards out.
The home side then took the lead three minutes later when another loanee, Adam Marriott, made a darting run into the area and after a tangle with Motors keeper Zac Jones, he eventually got round Jones and slotted the ball home to give Strotford a 2-1 lead at the interval.
In the second-half, Motors made three substitutions, which included bringing on veteran player coach Gary Martindale, as they went in search of the equaliser.
They had to wait until the 76th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Reece Prestedge hauled down substitute Simon Thelwell in the penalty area.
Burns stepped up and calmly converted the resultant spot kick. Immediately after the penalty kick, Stortford keeper Luke Chambers was shown a straight red card when his frustrations got the better of him and he hurled the ball at Craig Mahon.
Stortford defender Phil Anderson had to take over in goal for the hosts as they defended for their lives in the final stages and clung on to claim a share of the spoils.
Team: Jones, Wainwright, Dames, Clowes, Nicholas, Noone (Thompson 68), Mahon, Fearnehough (Martindale 74), Rutter (Thelwell 62), Parkinson, Burns Sub not used: Wright Attendance: 375 Motors play bottom club Hinckley United at home next this Saturday, September 16. Kick off at Rivacre Park is 3pm.