**FROLESWORTH UNITED 2-2 GLENFIELD TOWN**
FROLESWORTH United concluded their impressive pre-season campaign with a battling draw against Premier League Glenfield Town, despite trailing 0-2 at the break.
Goals from Jake Pantony and Luke Evans led a spirited second-half fight back from the Rabbits, a promising illustration of their character ahead of the season curtain raiser on September 1st.
However, Ben Harris was left frustrated prior to kick-off, when only 12 first-team players arrived at the Warren ahead of the final pre-season fixture, a stark contrast to the manifold substitutes he had at his disposal in Friday’s 3-1 win against North Kilworth.
Matt Errington retained his place in goal, with the back-four comprising of Jack Rudman, captain Mark Baker, Mark James and Matt Pell. Joe Swanwick made the transition from right-back to the holding role alongside Pantony, with Martin Finnigan, Joe Cook and Miles Splevings the cavalry behind lone-striker Evans.
The Premier League side settled quicker and United, again deployed in their au courant 4-2-3-1 formation, were content to allow the opposition to dominate the lion’s share of possession.
But it was indeed the Clarets who threatened first, although only tamely through Martin Finnigan’s looping effort. However, the home side soon found themselves a goal behind, after Pell failed to deal with the danger on the nearside and the ball was slipped through his legs and confidently dispatched after just 16 minutes.
Frolesworth were struggling to settle and things soon got worse before heading into the dressing room at the break, when United’s frailty from set-pieces blossomed its ugly head again. Rudman managed to half-clear a poor corner at the front-post, only for his team-mates to be caught cold and the Town striker stooped to head home a second.
Harris introduced Baines in place of the ineffective Finnigan and his inspiring team-talk worked wonders in the second period, as the Country Boys pulled one back just after the hour through Pantony, albeit in rather fortuitous circumstances.
He picked the ball up before rounding several defenders, only to unleash a rather tame effort goalwards from 25-yards. However, on Hall Park’s uneven surface, the Town keeper came over all Massimo Taibi and the ball squirmed helplessly through his legs and over the line.
The goal really galvanised the hosts and no sooner than 10 minutes later had they squared things up, through the tireless Evans. It was Swanwick this time the instigator, showcasing his passing skills with sumptuous interchange with Pantony and intelligent reverse-ball, for Evans to stun the visitors.
Both sides exchanged chances in an open final 10 minutes, but were forced to settle for a share of the spoils, as Frolesworth completed a very successful pre-season campaign.
Harris will be pleased with the endeavour and character his team showed, and with the likes of Chris Bradshaw, Adam Laywood, Greg Garner and Dan Morrow to return to the ranks, Wednesday, 1st September cannot come soon enough.
FROLESWORTH: ERRINGTON, RUDMAN, BAKER, JAMES, PELL, SWANWICK, PANTONY, FINNIGAN (BAINES 45), COOK, SPLEVINGS, EVANS.
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