Game of two halves at Glevum Park as Tuffley Reserves draw with Cam Bulldogs

An outstanding Essa Sabally effort and a late Dean Bernard strike saw Tuffley Rovers Reserves come back from 2-0 down at half time to draw 2-2 with a very game Cam Bulldogs, at Glevum Park.

The weather played a part in a game that will be most remembered for how cold it felt in the stands more than some of the action on the field, with the game failing to warm up those in attendance.

Tuffley Reserves forward Alfie Fortey skied a great opportunity inside the first two minutes, before Cam broke down the other end and winger George Mack headed straight at Kane Winman.

Dean Bernard then had a header cleared off the line from a corner, with three of the best chances all game coming in the opening 10 minutes.

With Tuffley settling into the game the best, it was no surprise that it was Cam who would break the deadlock. After a goal kick was flicked on, striker Adam Philp closed in one on one with Winman and left the keeper no chance.

Philp doubled his tally just before the break, giving Cam Bulldogs a 2-0 half time lead that they fought for throughout the opening 45 minutes. The prolific striker was slipped in down the left side of the box before cutting infield and smashing past Winman, leaving the keeper no chance once again.

Fortey had another golden opportunity which he unfortunately spurned. After great play by Bernard the ball fell to Fortey on the edge of the box, but the striker snatched it wide.

With that Essa Sabally was introduced. Sabally, who had made the jump into the first team before a recent injury, added more balance to Tuffley’s play and he was determined to make an impact.

Just before the hour mark Sabally pulled a proverbial rabbit out of the hat to drag his side back into the game. The winger picked the ball up on the left corner of the box, cutting back before whipping the ball up and into the back post corner of the goal, leaving keeper Ben Jagger no chance.

As the wind grew so did Tuffley’s confidence. Sabally should have levelled the scores after a diagonal pass found him free at the back post in the box. Sabally cut the ball back before blasting over.

We ticked into the final 10 minutes and just when it looked like Cam had done enough to earn the points, they gave away a sloppy free kick wide on the right. Tuffley winger Jack Lee was going nowhere and was bundled into the back of, the typical free kick given away in every game.

Marcus Foxwell curled the ball into the box and after a brief spat of pinball, the ball was thundered home by Bernard. Bernard who was captain in the absence of Luke Whittam, got the goal his play deserved.

Both sides huffed and puffed but neither could carve out a winner and with that, the points were shared.

Tuffley Rovers Reserves: K Winman, C Winman (Ellis 81′), K Mace, Foxwell, Lyons, Emery, Weir (Sabally 52′), Bernard, Harmer, Lee, Fortey

Subs Not Used: R Mace, Lucas, Clapton

Cam Bulldogs: Jagger, Billings, Murdoch, Hemper, Booth, Dolbear, Crosbee, Dummelow, Philp, Mack, Vines (Bennett 75′)

Subs Not Used: Blackie

Severn Sport Man Of The Match – Adam Philp (Cam Bulldogs)