By Martin Eastwood
Emley AFC came from 2-0 down to strike a second half comeback to earn a point on Saturday against Maltby Main. Second half goals from Joe Clegg and Joe Jagger completed the revival.
The draw does mean they have again lost ground on the teams above them and so still currently sit fifth in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.
It was the visitors who got off to a good start and broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute, a setpiece from their right wasn’t dealt with and Brandon Bagley flashed a header past Dec Lambton in the Pewits goal for the lead.
The home side had created chances throughout the half to equalise but it was the visitors who struck again. Emley failed to clear their lines and a great ball in was headed home for goal number two by Jack Harrison.
That second goal looked to have deflated Emley and it seemed that was still the case early in the second half as Maltby dominated the first 10 minutes. However in the 61st minute Clegg’s pinpoint header gave the hosts hope to make it 2-1.
The comeback was completed in the 79th minute when the ball was sent out to the right and despite appeals for offside from the Main defenders, the ball was played into the path of ace marksman Jagger who slotted home the equaliser and his 31st goal of the season.
It was now anyone’s to win and both teams looked for a winner however neither team could find that all important strike and the game finished 2-2. Emley now face a tough midweek trip to Humberside to face Barton Town on Tuesday February 7.
Here’s a gallery of images by Emley photographer MARK PARSONS