Green Reserves dig deep on coast

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For the second consecutive week, Green’s reserves returned from a difficult away match with a share of the spoils.

This clash saw the Green dig deep to survive a late onslaught which had the spectators on the edge of their seats.

A swirling wind made passing difficult, but the villagers coped with early pressure to get a footing in the game and they started to play some decent football.

All was going well until, on 28 minutes, a swirling ball wasn’t dealt with and Chadderton slotted the home side ahead.

Mallett and Scott had shown some early signs of promise, and two minutes later the Green levelled when Darnell got the better of his man and played a superb pass to Scott at the back post, who fired home.

There was another scare for the home side when youngster Mallett hit the post with a great drive.

The Fylde Coast outfit fought back and forced three consecutive corners, but Joyce and his defenders saw the half out.

The second half began with the home side on the front foot, but, after soaking up five minutes of pressure, Darnell had a chance but his shot on the turn just cleared the bar.

The home side were now forcing the issue and it was all hands to the pump. Williams replaced Mallett, and new signing Gilmour replaced the injured Bolton. Cookson and Holt were working hard to contain the Rovers midfield playmaker, and while they weren’t seeing much of the ball, a superb defensive display from Cook and skipper Young saw the Green ride wave after wave of pressure.

With 10 minutes, to go the home side threw caution to the wind and forced a series of corners.

Young made a superb last-ditch tackle and Cook appeared from nowhere to head clear when a goal seemed certain. A deflected shot seemed destined to hit the back of the net but Joyce superbly turned it over the bar. The Green did have some forays down the left, with Gilmour linking well. It was from one of these left-sided attacks deep into injury time that the villagers almost snatched it at the death, when Holt just failed to connect with the goal gaping.