FOLLOWING the previous week’s defeat in the first round of the divisional Challenge Cup against Harraby United, Percy Main Amateurs were frustrated in their attempts to get their Northern Alliance premier division league campaign back on track, when Hebburn Reyrolle left Purvis Park with a share of the spoils.
Reyrolle had started the campaign with six straight defeats, meaning that this was their first point of the season.
But they were worthy of a draw, as they showed resilience throughout the game.
If former Reyrolle player Ray Oshin, making his home debut for the Villagers, had succeeded in forcing home a loose ball in the penalty area with barely 90 seconds on the clock, then perhaps the outcome of the game could have been different.
This was not a sign of a cavalry charge of home attacking intent as Reyrolle’s Jack Morris had three presentable attacking opportunities; once he miscontrolled the ball, once he was thwarted by Rob McGregor and the last time, having waltzed round the keeper, James Leggett was on the line to clear.
Robert Allen was also in on the act as Reyrolle came forward, with McGregor stopping his snapshot with his legs.
At the other end only a deep cross by Davey Surrey that eluded the unmarked Oshin showed Percy Main were capable of mounting concerted pressure.
Sadly for the home side, Oshin’s early effort was bravely scrambled away by keeper Michael Hughes, who enjoyed a rather more memorable afternoon than the Main’s Rob McGregor whose game was ended prematurely in the 65th minute when he was issued with a harsh red card for upending Robert Allen in the box.
With regular keeper Rob Rodgerson unavailable and reserve Craig Birmingham on loan to Chemfica, it was left to right back Lindsay Collinson to don the gloves.
He made a valiant effort to stop the resulting penalty, but found himself out of luck.
Graeme Troughton had given the Villagers a 48th minute lead when his cross shot was deflected in.
Soon after Chris Doig’s cross was deflected against the underside of the bar and seemingly well over the line by a Hebburn defender, but the officials thought otherwise and the difference remained a single goal.
Percy Main are next at home on October 6 against Heddon in the Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl.
Kick-off is at 2.30pm in a game where the guest of honour will be Amateurs legend of the 1950s Ronnie Robinson on his 80th birthday.
On Saturday they are away to champions Heaton Stannington at Grounsell Park, kick-off 2.30pm.