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Southwell City have draw with Kirby Muxloe in United Counties League opener



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It was a tale of two halves as Southwell City played their first ever competitive match at step six level against Kirby Muxloe.

More than 120 people were at Brinkley for the opening game of the season in the United Counties League Division One.

The game started with a minute's silence for the Kirby Muxloe first team coach Adam Hart, who recently died.

Kirby Muxloe FC observe a minute's silence for their coach. Photo by Rob Currell (58369117)
Kirby Muxloe FC observe a minute's silence for their coach. Photo by Rob Currell (58369117)
Southwell City observing a minute's silence for Adam Hart. Image by Rob Currell (58351874)
Southwell City observing a minute's silence for Adam Hart. Image by Rob Currell (58351874)

Southwell City went into the game without their captain, Chris Bowles, who was away, and Bradley Peace-McDonald, who had to sit out due to medical advice.

Both club veterans were a notable absence, but Southwell went out on the attack from the whistle.

They dominated the early possession, winning several challenges and putting together some good, solid runs.

Sportsmanship before the game. Image by Rob Currell (58363585)
Sportsmanship before the game. Image by Rob Currell (58363585)

That pressure paid off on 15 minutes when City netted when a Will Stocks corner found Ed Munton, who stabbed it home.

That seemed to spark Kirby Muxloe into action, but they couldn't immediately make the opportunities count.

And, at the other end, the away keeper managed a spectacular save.

Goal celebration in the box. Image by Rob Currell (58363594)
Goal celebration in the box. Image by Rob Currell (58363594)

In the 38th minute, Liam Moran threaded the ball through to Ben Selby, who beat the keeper by drilling it in at the far corner to double the advantage.

It was a beautiful goal to see and was worth the admission price alone.

Ben Selby striking the ball beautifully. Image by Rob Currell (58363333)
Ben Selby striking the ball beautifully. Image by Rob Currell (58363333)
Selby scores for Southwell City. Image by Rob Currell (58363361)
Selby scores for Southwell City. Image by Rob Currell (58363361)
Southwell City put the ball in the net. Image by Rob Currell (58363364)
Southwell City put the ball in the net. Image by Rob Currell (58363364)

Selby was a constant threat for the Kirby Muxloe squad throughout the first-half.

Southwell City nearly made it 3-0 minutes from half-time but Cal Law misjudged the header at the far post.

The home side went into the break 2-0 up after dominating the first-half.

Goal celebration. Image by Rob Currell (58363367)
Goal celebration. Image by Rob Currell (58363367)

Kirby Muxloe had their opportunities in the first half, they were effective in getting the ball out of their back third but struggled in the midfield and converting their limited chances.

But the game up until half-time was Southwell City's and it looked as though they were going to run away with the result.

All of this changed after the break.

Southwell City on the ball. Image by Rob Currell (58363591)
Southwell City on the ball. Image by Rob Currell (58363591)

Kirby Muxloe came out with a renewed vigor and straight away looked like a different team.

They took it to Southwell and after only seven minutes had pegged one goal back to make it 2-1.

Kirby Muxloe on the run. Image by Rob Currell (58363598)
Kirby Muxloe on the run. Image by Rob Currell (58363598)

It was an impressive strike from the away side with a beautiful cross, a shot that deflected off the crossbar, and an eager Ben White capitalising on the chance to score.

Southwell had another good opportunity to get a third but it wasn't to be at that point in the game as

the away team's defence had tightened up significantly.

Adam Parry with the penalty strike. Image by Rob Currell (58364822)
Adam Parry with the penalty strike. Image by Rob Currell (58364822)
Goallllll! Image by Rob Currell (58364828)
Goallllll! Image by Rob Currell (58364828)

A game that looked at half-time as though it was almost out of reach was now a tightly contested affair.

Kirby Muxloe were determined not to give up and showed tenacity to stay in the game.

Final moments of the match. Image by Rob Currell (58365073)
Final moments of the match. Image by Rob Currell (58365073)

After the second goal, Southwell City showed glimpses of their first-half drive and stepped it up a notch.

The final minutes were an entertaining spectacle as Southwell keeper Ryan Fletcher saved a monster of a shot by tipping it over the top at minute 88.

The defence scramble to get to the assist. Image by Rob Currell (58365076)
The defence scramble to get to the assist. Image by Rob Currell (58365076)

Southwell very nearly won the game right on full time as Shelby got the ball to Moran who scored what would have been the winning goal.

The ruling was given as offside and the goal was disallowed, resulting in the game ending in a 2-2 draw.

A beautiful strike that was ruled offside. Image by Rob Currell (58365079)
A beautiful strike that was ruled offside. Image by Rob Currell (58365079)
The defence cannot believe it but this soon turns to relief and the game is drawn 2-2. Image by Rob Currell (58365082)
The defence cannot believe it but this soon turns to relief and the game is drawn 2-2. Image by Rob Currell (58365082)

A Southwell city club official said, "We didn’t turn up for the second half and we drop two points ­— learning curve!".

Southwell City next face Clifton All Whites away at the Norman Archer Memorial ground on Saturday.

Clifton beat Grantham Town Academy at Grantham 2-0 on Saturday.



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