Ruardean Hill Rangers and Hardwicke played out a competitive and tough 1-1 draw in the Gloucestershire County League, with both goals coming in the first 45 minutes.
After a washout in the league last weekend, both sides came into the game looking for important points as the quest for a strong finish to the season continues.
Hardwicke landed the first blow of the contest when a corner wasn’t dealt with by the hosts and Glenn Gittins tapped home to give the visitors the perfect start.
Ruardean weren’t behind for long though and levelled the game through Clark, who curled into the net after being slipped in.
Both sides had chances just before the break, with Ruardean Hill keeper Aaron Underwood forced into a decent save after a one two on the edge of the box, then down the other end hit the post right on half time.
Ruardean began the second half quicker and sharper and could have taken the lead through Clark, who fired over from the edge of the box.
A long ranged effort nearly caught out Hardwicke keeper Tom Kaye, who was then showed great positioning to claim a dangerous cross from the right.
With the wind starting to effect proceedings in the second half, chances came at a premium and both sides began to look content with the draw.
Clark had the hosts’ best chance for a winner with five minutes left, as he fired wide from the edge of the box.
Hardwicke chased a winner from there but were unable to find force the issue as both sides felt hindered by the weather.
Hardwicke stay 7th in the County League, whilst Ruardean Hill remain in 12th – 6 points ahead of bottom placed Patchway Town, who Hardwicke host next weekend. Next up for Ruardean Hill is a trip to AEK Boko.
Elsewhere in the league, Frampton United moved back to the top after beating Quedgeley Wanderers 2-1 – with Sharpness not in action due to a postponement. Next weekend sees Frampton head to Sharpness in a massive fixture between the top two.
In the fixture that saw the sides starting 2nd and 4th in the league ended 3-2 to Wick, who claimed the points at Rockleaze Rangers thanks to a Alfie Clarke hattrick. The result sees Wick move to a point behind 3rd placed Rockleaze and sees just three points separating the top 4.
It was also 3-2 to the visitors as Henbury claimed a hard fought victory at Hanham Athletic, whilst Little Stoke ran out 4-2 winners against Broadwell Amateurs in the other game to survive the weather.
Cover photo and match notes courtesy of Robbie Clark