Wanderers thwart AEK Boco's chance to go joint top of the table
AEK Boco missed the chance of joining Longwell Green Reserves at the top of the Premier Division after being held to a 2-2 draw at home by lowly Nicholas Wanderers.
Andy Lear headed the hosts into an early lead before Luke Westwood was sent off by referee John Luxton, following a tangle with a Wanderers player.
AEK continued to dominate play, although down to ten men, and went two-up thanks to a cracking drive from Jenson Manning early in the second half.
As the testing conditions took their toll on the depleted home team, Mark Davidson hit back for the visitors with a 20-yard screamer.
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AEK were forced back on to defensive and conceded a penalty for a foul on Mike Farley, who recovered to slam home the spotkick for a deserved equaliser.
"We were well in control in the first half but losing a player meant we struggled in the heavy going later on", said AEK manager Gary Lancaster.
Wanderers stalwart Bob Fudge praised John Winter, Dave Hayes and AEK supporters for their hard work in preparing the pitch in time for the game.
He said: "Full marks to them all for clearing the snow and a draw was a fair result in the end."
Division One pacesetters Bristol Manor Farm Reserves suffered a setback in their push for promotion after losing 4-0 away to Highridge, who are now only two points behind in second place. The hosts were presented with an early lead when Jack Willmor headed the ball into his own net and the Farm youngsters never recovered from the unexpected reverse.
Mike Jenkins made it 2-0 at the break, as Highridge dominated the game and only a string of fine saves by the Farm's 16-year-old goalkeeper James McKill prevented further goals in a one-sided first half.
But Highridge were not to be denied and McKill had no chance of keeping out strikes by Richard Griffiths and Adam Winston after the interval.
"We should have doubled the score, but their goalkeeper played really well" said Highridge secretary Keith Perry.
The Farm's manager Andy Cole had no complaints about the result, adding: "Highridge have a good side and adapted to the testing conditions better than we did."
Seymour United scraped home 1-0 against Olveston in a game of few chances which will soon be forgotten. The only goal came midway through the first half when Lee Pendry fired the ball home from the edge of the area, then several timely interceptions by Seymour goalkeeper James Dalglish denied Olveston an equaliser in a spell of pressure from the visitors in the second half.
The remaining games were all called off because of frozen or waterlogged pitches, following heavy overnight rain on icy surfaces and the season may be extended to May 4 because of the backlog of fixtures.