Half Moon start Notts Sunday Football League season with dramatic draw at Sycamore Saints Reserves

MIDLANDS Regional Alliance round-up.
MIDLANDS Regional Alliance round-up.

Half Moon FC kicked off their new Notts Sunday Football League season with a against highly-rated Sycamore Saints Reserves.

Sycamore Saints Reserves had bossed their division last season, and many had thought that they should have been playing in a higher division this season.

And they were gifted a goal when new boy Rob Sutcliffe played a suicide ball across his penalty area into the path of a Saints striker, who made no mistake - in the first 30 seconds of the match!!

But Moon battled on and soon settled into their game and were easily the better team of the two, playing lovely, constructive football and getting into space behind the Saints back line.

Moon deserved their equaliser when the ball was worked from the Moon’s defence to centre midfielder Danny Hackson, who played a ball over the Saints defence for striker Kyle Lester to latch on to and slot home.

Moon then took the lead, courtesy of Lester again after good work with fellow striker Kieran Clarke.

But they were pegged back again when Saints equalised after a scramble in the Moon’s penalty area.

Moon came out for the second half with a spring in their step and were promptly rewarded with a third goal when Clarke latched on to a ball after some hard work by Lester and sweetly struck the ball in to the Saints net.

But yet again the Saints equalised when a free-kick was taken quickly and lobbed into the top corner of the Moon’s net.

Lester completed a hat-trick soon afterwards and almost had a fourth when he tried to lob the Saints keeper, forcing him to keep his side in the game with an awesome save.

Saints came on strong in the final 10 minutes of the game to try and salvage something out of the match and they did just that in the dying minutes when they slotted home a loose ball in the Moon’s penalty area.