By Joseph Richardson
UCLan 4ths suffered a disappointing 4-2 home loss to MMU 6ths, in the penultimate match of their Northern 5A campaign.
The game was finely poised at 2-2, with 15 minutes left. But two goals in quick succession for the visitors ensured the 4ths final home game of the season ended in defeat.
UCLan started brightly, striker Surkash’s goal bound header was saved acrobatically by the MMU goalkeeper two minutes in.
However with quarter of an hour gone, MMU were awarded a penalty for a handball. The penalty was coolly converted to make it 1-0, against the run of play.
MMU were then prevented from going 2-0 up by a fantastic goal line clearance from UCLan centre half Fred Bolt.
And on the half hour, the referee gave the second spot kick of the game, this time to UCLan. Surkash, again involved was upended by the MMU ‘keeper. Adam Bennett slotted the ball down the middle to equalise.
UCLan then received a body blow when Manchester Met scored on the stroke of half time. The initial shot was parried, but the rebound was netted from close range. 2-1 the score at the interval.
Into the second half, and UCLan levelled proceedings in spectacular fashion. It was a thunderbolt, from Fred Bolt, 30 yards out.
A tedious twenty minute spell followed, until MMU made it 3-2. A corner was flicked goalwards, and the ball crossed the line, despite the valiant efforts of Adam Banks to keep it out.
As UCLan pushed more men forward, they were caught on the counter attack when MMU scored their fourth to seal the game.
4ths manager Joe Douglas was frustrated at the way the game panned out.
“We’ve had a few problems recently with injuries, and towards the end of the game it showed. Second half we got a bit complacent and made a few mistakes.”
On the season as a whole he added: “A good cup run and a good spot in the league, I can’t moan too much.”