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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Nine-men Margate grab late equaliser to break Leiston’s hearts in fiery clash at Victory Road

PUBLISHED: 22:37 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 22:45 06 March 2018

Dominic Docherty on target for Leiston. Picture: JOHN HEALD

Dominic Docherty on target for Leiston. Picture: JOHN HEALD

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Leiston new-boy Jake Reed was on the scoresheet for Leiston as the Blues and second placed Margate drew 2-2 at Victory Road, writes Craig Cooper.

It was a fiery Bostik Premier game, with Reed looking to have won the game for the home side with his 88th minute goal.

However, a last-minute equaliser for the side from Kent saw them grab a point, even though they were reduced to nine men.

Reed could have put Leiston in front in the first 90 seconds. But his header was well pushed away by ex-Chelsea ‘keeper Lenny Pidgeley.

Joe Jefford headed wide from Byron Lawrence’s free kick, before Kyle Hammond fired straight at Pidgeley after a great diagonal from Lawrence.

As the half edged closer to the interval, Marcus Garnham palmed Sam Blackman’s effort away but from the Leiston clearance, Matt Bodkin brilliantly volleyed in from 40 yards to give the visitors a half-time lead.

Leiston were again the more dominant team in the second period, and substitute Dominic Docherty headed in Lawrence’s free kick to level up the scores.

The Blues kept the pressure on and Margate blocked shots, with Pidgeley denying Lawrence from long-range.

Leiston thought they had the points in the bag when they took the lead in the 88th minute when good link up play by Christy Finch and Lawrence teed-up Reed to side-foot home.

It looked like Reed, who was signed from Lowestoft Town on Monday, had made the dream debut.

However, and to the dismay of the 200 Leiston fans in the crowd, Jack Evans slotted home in the first minute of added-on time to earn a draw for the Kent side.

Then incredibly Blackman and Jordan Chiedozie saw late red cards for dissent for the visitors.

Meanwhile in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, Gorleston proved too good for FC Clacton, the Norfolk side running out 4-0 victors.

While in the First Division, Whitton missed out on a chance to put real pressure on Woodbridge at the top of the table.

Shane Coldron’s men drew 1-1 at Braintree reserves.

Let me give you a new definition of desperation. It’s an Ipswich Town fan wanting Norwich City to score a last-minute winner to save his beloved Tractor Boys from falling even further behind in the Championship relegation battle, writes North Stander Terry Hunt.

Ipswich Town are now eight points adrift of safety at the foot of the Championship table following yesterday’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke City. STUART WATSON gives his thoughts.

Ipswich Town lost 2-0 at Stoke City in a Championship clash yesterday afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his thoughts.

Trevoh Chalobah insists the confidence boost generated by manager Paul Lambert’s arrival still remains, despite Ipswich Town suffering a fourth successive defeat at Stoke yesterday.

Paul Lambert has confirmed midfielder Cole Skuse will be out for ‘a couple of months’ after suffering a knee injury in training.

Andy Warren hands out his player ratings following Ipswich Town’s 2-0 loss at Stoke City this afternoon.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert proclaimed ‘we are so, so close to being a top side’ following this afternoon’s spirited 2-0 defeat at promotion hopefuls Stoke City.

Ipswich Town were undone by a goal in either half at Stoke as the gap to safety grew following their fourth-straight defeat.

Ipswich Town were beaten 2-0 at Stoke City this afternoon.

In this week’s Ipswich Town nostalgia, we look back to September 14, 2004, when Town twice gave up leads and were replaced at the top of the table by ten-man Stoke City following a dramatic contest at the Britannia Stadium.

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