St John’s College 4
Old Malton St Mary’s 4
A last-gasp equaliser deep into stoppage time denied Old Malton the three points, as they allowed their resurgent hosts to level with the last kick of this York Minster Engineering Premier League game.
The match had started brightly for Old Malton as early chances came and went for Danny Fogg and Daman Cox, both good efforts thwarted by some excellent keeping.
They did however take a 10th minute lead, when full-back Jamie Shepherd tore into the box and fed Fogg who moved the ball into the path of Cox, his right-footed effort squeezing past the keeper into the bottom corner.
The students came storming back on the break and Simon Cooke and Callum Scott had to be at their best to keep the slender lead intact.
Keeper Robbie Thackray was also busy, bringing off a couple of decent saves on 16 and 18 minutes.
He was left helpless two minutes later though, when a slick counter ended with a rasping drive from 20 yards hitting the back of the net for the equaliser.
Matters soon got worse for the visitors when within a minute a needless lunge by Robbie Baker resulted in a penalty being awarded which was smashed past Thackray to give the host side a shock lead.
Old Malton stepped up the tempo and were themselves awarded a penalty kick just past the half-hour mark, Scott Preston’s strong run being ended with a strong tackle that also resulted in a yellow card.
He dusted himself down to send the keeper the wrong way and bring the scores level once again.
The second half started well for St John’s and it was against the run of play that saw Old Malton regain the lead on 55 minutes.
Scott and Baker’s persistence saw the latter’s cross turned home from close range by the alert Fogg.
A glorious chance was spurned by Old Malton three minutes later when Shepherd again tore into the box to put the ball on a plate for Dean Nuttall who headed against the upright, the rebound falling to Fogg who also managed to hit the post from inside 10 yards.
This was to prove costly as the students ability to break with pace on 61 minutes carved the visitors defence wide open leaving Thackray little chance from 10 yards to level the score at 3-3.
Liam Preston almost regained his side the lead as a storming break from defence ended with a screamer from 25 yards being tipped over the bar.
Nuttall stung the keeper’s fingers on 65 minutes with Cox dinking the rebound past the post, before another strong run and shot by Nuttall was pushed away for a corner.
Cox headed over when well placed on 77 minutes as Old Malton pushed to try and get their noses back in front.
Jack Thackray was introduced for Cox as the visitors went all out for the win, a win that looked on the cards when a hand denied Fogg a goal with just six minutes left on the clock.
Scott Preston stepped forward to side foot the penalty kick just inside the post for a 4-3 lead.
This should have been enough as Old Malton moved into stoppage time with the slender lead intact.
But despite this, another lapse in concentration from full-back Shepherd allowed the dangerous home frontman to get the wrong side of him and finish well for a classy hat-trick.
Old Malton will have the chance to get back to winning ways next week, with a home fixture against newly-promoted Terrington Glory.