Well summed up Mark.
It was a really entertaining game to watch and a well-earned point after a gutsy team performance.
It was end-to-end stuff in the first half and as Mark said, it could easily have been 3-3 at half-time.
Bishops had the first real chance with top scorer Johnson forcing a great save from Lips. Marske came close when a free-kick from the left was knocked down into the path of Bruno, who almost hooked it over the keeper, who scrambled to palm the ball safety.
On 17 minutes, Marske took the lead when Burton's inswinging corner was met with a bullet header from Carling, that went in off the bar. I believe that's his first goal for the club.
Just two minutes later, Bishops were level in similar circumstances as Johnson rose above everyone else to head home a cross with the ball once again going in off the bar.
We almost went 2-1 up when Skelly got the ball inside the box and went round one defender before curling the ball around the oncoming keeper, only for it to go just wide. It would've been one of the goals of the season if it had gone in.
The home side missed a golden opportunity just after that when Lips parried a shot and the Bishops player fired wide when it looked easier to score.
Just before half-time, Marske had a strong penalty shout when Bruno was brought down on the byeline by the keeper. A corner was given but I felt the keeper didn't make contact with the ball before it went out of play and probably went through Bruno to get it.
Chances were harder to come by in the second half, partly due to Basher who was like a man possessed, getting his foot to almost everything in what was his best game of the season, for me.
Bishops took the lead on 81 minutes when Johnson got in behind the defence and produced a well-placed finish that crept in at the far post. At that point, the Marske fans' attention was taken by a bloke who started having a go at Burto in the away dugout. No-one knew who he was or why he'd decide to have a go at the away manager when Bishops had just taken the lead. One theory is he thought it was the home dugout. Whatever he was doing, he quickly shut up a minute later when Marske went down the other end and equalised when the ball was clipped in at the far post by Burton. I'll hold my hands up and say I wasn't sure who'd got it. My first thought was Owen but then Gilly's name was announced over the tannoy.
The Bishops no. 6 was lucky to stay on the pitch shortly before the end after a shocking lunge on Owen, that was followed by a foul-mouthed tirade towards the stand.
Overall, 2-2 was a fair result but it felt like a win after the run we've been on. West Auckland away on Tuesday will be difficult but it would be a huge bonus if we could get something there ahead of next weekend's massive game against Stokesley.
Very good set up at Bishops and the new ground is very nice (similar to Penrith's for those who went earlier in the season), even if a few of the fans are a bit... strange...
Will get the video of Carling's goal up soon.
Thanks to Peter for putting on the bus for the fans. It really felt like the extra support made a difference.
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