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Stonehouse and Shortwood share the spoils

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Stonehouse 0 Shortwood 0 – UHL Hellenic League

By Jim Cunneen

Stonehouse and Shortwood shared the points in a tense derby at a wet and windy Oldends Lane.

Former Shortwood player Nick Humphreys was outstanding for Stonehouse, holding the ball up well and always looking dangerous.

For Wood, former Magpie Chris Earle caused problems with his strong runs and crosses.

Wood had a great shout for a penalty waved away as Eakers was clearly fouled as he ran into the box. And after 30 minutes a wayward shot from Bowes almost turned into a great ball as Wilton, sliding, just failed to get a touch on it to steer the ball home.  Stonehouse midfielder Kibble was yellow carded for a foul.

With Wood having the wind at their backs for the second half it was Stonehouse’s turn to face the weight of possession and Tunnicliff fired a free- kick just over Adam Clark’s bar.

Kieran Marks almost put Eakers’ in, but he was ruled marginally offside.

With 20 minutes to go, Earle got away down the left and his low cross saw Odia Coly slide the ball wide of the far post.

Joe Williams was extremely lucky to receive a yellow card for a poor tackle on Kieran Marks with Tunnicliff also picking up a yellow for his reaction in the game’s one flashpoint.

Clark had to be quick off his line to clear as Wood sought a late winner but a point apiece was about right on the night.

Shortwood: Muir, Marks N, Marks K (Barrett 89), Peyton L (Tosdevine 86), Tryner, Tunnicliff, Eakers, Pepa, Wilton (Coley 66), Bowes, Earle

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