Keeper keeps Padbury at bay

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Padbury United 1

Totternhoe 1

Padbury extended their unbeaten league run to 17 games this season but Totternhoe provided stiff opposition and did not allow United to play their normal game.

Totternhoe picked on some hesitancy in the home defence on 23 minutes which allowed the division’s top scorer, Stefan Tracey, to break through to score.

Midway through the half, Padbury full-back Scott Barton was carried off with an ankle injury.

The second half was a distinct change as Padbury brought on substitute Nick Hughes to freshen up the midfield and from this point on they dominated affairs. Little was seen of the Totternhoe front runners as the game was all in the visitors’ half. First Dominic Lawless cracked a ball against a post when well placed and Deanio Bailey-Browne was then unlucky with a cross shot which came off the bar.

Afterwards Lawless missed a fine opportunity to head home team back into the game.Totternhoe keeper, Gary Duncan, made a string of point blank saves to keep Padbury out.

With 15 minutes to go Padbury keeper, Tom Kennard, was badly injured and was carried off to hospital.

This setback did not disturb the run of play as Padbury pushed forward seeking the equaliser. It came on 84 minutes when defender Danny Hart rose at the far post to head strongly home.

This brought immense pressure on the Totternhoe goal as Padbury sought the winner but the Totternhoe defence held firm to hold out for a draw.