Under the new caretaker management team of Tony Wild and Ray Bartlett, St. Margaretsbury’s earned a hard-fought point at Stansted on Saturday afternoon.
The first chance of the match saw Stansted forward Mike Ogboin force a save from goalkeeper Dan Martin early in the first-half. St.
Margaretsbury also looked threatening, with Kyle Roberts’ effort from the edge of the area just wide after good work from Andy Greenslade. Both number 10s were creative in the first-half, with Stansted’s Toby Blanch and the visitors’ Kirk McPherson looking dangerous.
However, it took until the second-half for the first goal of the match. Winger Napier Brown’s tricky footwork drew a foul in the area, and Wis Balthazar fired low into the corner from the spot to give his side the lead.
Balthazar’s cut-back from the left nearly brought another goal for the visitors, but James Pellin was alert to the danger.
Stansted soaked up the pressure and responded with an equaliser after excellent hold-up play from Carl Mullings created space for Jack Mitchell on the opposite flank. Mitchell then beat Martin at the near post to level the scores.
The 1-1 draw leaves both teams in towards the bottom of the table, with Stansted 14th and St. Margaretsbury 15th, both with one win, one draw and the rest of their matches lost.
Josh O’Brien is one of our sports journalists. He currently studies a multimedia sports journalism degree at the UCFB Wembley campus. His previous roles include writing for You are my Arsenal blog, The Sun’s Dream Team app and betting company Kwiff.