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Superhoops frustrated by red-hot Redbridge

New arrival Josh Wagner was on the mark but table-toppers Faithfold A were forced to share the points after a four-goal thriller against Redbridge C.

    Ben Shirbini was also on target for Avi Markiewicz's men, but goals from Ben Oldstein and Jason Patmore meant the Superhoops dropped points for only the second time this season.

    Faithfold player-manager Avi Markiewicz reflected on a game in which the Superhoops dropped points at home for the first time this season.

    "The game at times resembled a wrestling match, with more scuffles and fouls than football".

    RJC looked menacing from set-pieces and grabbed the opener with a strong header at the back post. The away side's height advantage caused all sorts of problems and with Faithfold not playing with their usual efficiency, Redbridge capitalised.

    Not for the first time this season, Faithfold started the second half a goal down, but not for long. Within five minutes the Greens had managed to turn it round and go 2-1 up. Wagner brought the ball up from defence playing it wide to the winger and continued his stomping run towards the penalty spot and received the return ball which he intelligently placed well away from the keeper.

    Then Shirbini was in the right place at the right time to put the Greens ahead, with the help of a deflection after a partially cleared corner.

    At that point it looked like Faithfold would run away with it as they have done so often in second halves this season at home.

    Nevetheless, RJC levelled, somewhat against the run of play, as a speculative shot from one of their substitutes swerved over Joseph Corin in goal to make it 2-2.

    Faithfold dominated the remainder of the contest, but were left to rue a series of missed opportunities. Redbridge failed to penetrate the Faithfold defence and Corin in goal was left undisturbed.

    Markiewicz voiced his discontent with some of the RJC tactics, accusing them of leaving his players with "torn shirts and unprofessional fouls, which somehow went unpunished.

    But he admitted: "Faithfold only have themselves to blame for not collecting maximum points," as Redbridge tired in the last 10 minutes but the home side failed to deliver the killer blow through a combination of poor decision-making and wayward shooting.

    Markiewicz told JC Sport: "There is no doubt that this was two points dropped. We are still unbeaten and showed good character to come back but it still felt like a loss at the end of the day."

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