Downton and Bemerton Heath Harlequins played out a hard-fought draw at Brian Whitehead Sports Ground, in front of a record crowd of 190.
Both teams had managers leading their sides for the first time, both men would have been happy with a point and a clean sheet in this extremely tight affair.
Matt Holmes returned to The Robins technical area, flanked by Mitch Blake and Rich Rendell, following the recent resignation of Jody Rivers. In the visitors’ dugout, Jamie Cotton made the step up from assistant to manager after Ian Saunders moved aside after Saturday match, to take up a job overseas.
There were few clear chances for either side, but there was an intense and physical battle in the middle third of the pitch. Downton thought they’d won it in injury time when TJ Moseley netted for the hosts, but he was rightly adjudged to be offside. There was also a chance for Howe at Harlequins back post, five minutes earlier. The home full-back lost his backmarker, but his rushed header went wide.
Both sides lost influential players in the match, Harry Crisp limped out of proceedings after just four minutes and Kane O’Keefe left the action on 16 minutes.
Harlequins best chance came from Danny Young, who’s great volley was impressively tipped over by Ernie Osei in the Downton goal.
by Thom Belk