City of Peterborough delivered a remarkable late fightback to grab a point from a highly-entertaining East Premier A Division clash with Wapping at Bretton Gate yesterday (September 30).
Wapping, the East champions of 2015-16 and a National League side last season, led 4-2 going into the final five minutes of the match, but goals from Manish Patel and Danny Sisson rescued an unlikely point for City.
It could be a vital point as well as both sides are expected to challenge strongly for the title. City now have four points from their opening two matches, while Wapping have fought out two draws.
City started this game well and claimed an early advantage through Joe Finding’s short corner strike.
But Wapping play on City’s unique surface as well as any other East side and they put together some decent moves before drawing level following a terrible error by Patel who lost control of the ball in his own ‘D’. Alex Armstrong had made a fine save on the line to thwart Wapping from a set-piece minutes earlier.
Back came City and Finding to make it 2-1 on 20 minutes before Wapping’s pace and intricate passing saw them take what looked like winning control of the contest with three unanswered goals.
Adam Wilson did actually come close to making it 3-1 at the start of the second half, using his pace and skill to burst clear of a toiling defence before blasting a shot high over the crossbar.
But Wapping then took charge forcing City ‘keeper Cameron Goodey to make some fine saves as well as scoring three times, the last from a penalty stroke.
City regrouped and laid seige to the Wapping goal for the final 15 minutes.
Patel atoned for his earlier error by delivering a composed finish from a tight angle following a penalty corner and Sisson then smashed home through a crowded ‘D’ in the final minute to seal a creditable point ahead of another tough game at Harleston next Saturday (October 7).
*Spalding are finding life predictably tough in their first Premier A Division campaign. They went down 8-1 at home to Bedford yesterday to make it 14 goals conceded in two defeats.