Mursley stay top despite despite loss to 61FC

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FOOTBALL: Mursley United remain top of South Midlands Division Two, despite a 2-1 home defeat to unbeaten 61 FC.

Mursley started brightly. For the home side, Paul Hollingsworth was unfortunate to see his glancing header just clear the bar and, shortly after, a James Griffiths’ through ball found Ben Brill with an opportunity which was parried by keeper Lewis to safety.

It was,however, the visitors who took the lead on 35 minutes when Potter’s dipping free-kick from the edge of the Mursley penalty area eluded Jordan McKechnie to nestle in the net.

61 FC started to look dangerous and they doubled their lead right on the stroke of half-time. Potter’s corner was headed home solidly by an unchallenged Goundry at the near post. Mursley came out for the second half looking to get back into the game and their cause was helped after 10 minutes as Smith was dismissed for a late, lunging tackle on Robin Tucker. It was the latter who pulled a goal back for the hosts on the hour.

A quick Griffiths’ free-kick from around halfway found the visitors switched off as they contested the decision with the referee. With Tucker and Hollingsworth against just the keeper and two defenders, 61 FC inexplicably stopped again looking to the officials to award a foul on Lewis in their goal. Tucker took advantage of this pause to roll the loose ball into the net and the goal stood. Mursley are without a game this Saturday.