Collingham beaten 2-1 by AFC Bentley in foggy Central Midlands League North Division clash
The grit and determination that was on display in front of more than 150 spectators in last Friday’s derby was lacking as Collingham continued their winless home run.
The visitors, AFC Bentley, were below the hosts prior to kick off, and it reflected in the opening quarter of an hour as Collingham dominated without finding the back of the net — Jake Morrison and James Warwick-Adkins both firing good opportunities wide.
After 30 minutes the deadlock was broken, coming against the run of play as Joe Smith’s shot beat Josh Wilson.
Morrison had the chance to equalise less than two minutes later, but in difficult foggy conditions missed from less than five yards out.
The tie swung from end-to-end with Jacob Bennett making an important goal-line clearance for the hosts, and on the stroke of half-time Collingham were handed a lifeline when the visitors’ full-back saw red for a two-footed challenge.
With the fog even worse, and causing a cancellation to Newark Town’s fixture less than five miles away, the football came second to the weather, forcing a very stop-start fixture.
Frustratingly for Collingham, it made it harder for them to break down the ten men of Bentley, and, in the 65th minute, when Bennett and a forward tangled in the box, the chance of a comeback looked even more against-the-odds as Theo Mowett sent Wilson the wrong way from the penalty spot.
The hosts did pull one back in the 83rd minute through substitute Mark Sinclair, but his headed effort proved to be nothing more than a consolation.
With no league tie on Saturday, Collingham are next in action at Dronfield Town Reserves in the Floodlit Cup on Tuesday evening (7.45pm kick off).
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