Two games over the weekend seemed a tall order but did not phase or overstretch an energetic Yellows side and after a narrow loss to table toppers Boston played at Sutterton on Saturday in which they acquitted themselves very well, visited Yaxley for their second away game on Sunday upbeat after that heartening display against a strong Boston outfit.
In good footballing conditions they started well enough but fell behind with a breakaway goal fairly early on. Midway through the half a stunning run and finish from Yaxleys’ waspish and dangerous little midfielder, setting off from the half way line, saw him scamper past two defenders down the left flank before cutting in and slotting past helpless keeper, Oscar Townsin for 2-0. A bit of a giveaway but a wonderful run and finish. Yellows had their own moments not overly affected by those early goals as Byron Lee Taylor’s speed caught Yaxley flat footed outsprinting their defenders, after giving them a head start, only to see his shot from the right go wide left as Yellows determinedly tried to force their way back in the game before the whistle halted the first half with Yaxley surprised to have a two goal cushion and Yellows on the mend but still facing an uphill battle.
The writing could have been on the wall for Yellows with a two goal deficit to claw back as both teams started the second half in positive mode but, Yellows were having none of it as Luke McKevitt stood tall commanding central defence stopping anything that moved whilst going forward with some deft footwork and strength while Jacob Hewitt ran his heart out chasing and harrying trying to reduce space to help negate attacks. Sam Harris blocked many Yaxley moves and played with simplicity often clearing and kicking the ball out rather than lose it, a trait not to be under appreciated while the elegant silky skills of Ben Doyle combined with his total concentration, made inroads into the hosts’ defence.
On the left flank, Dylan Carrick got stuck in winning many balls and making good runs down the line pressurising and causing problems as Harry Wallace and Olly Grice heroically brought Yellows more into the game with their bulldog spirit, bite and energy and eventually, the combined pressure paying off when a foray toward Yaxleys’ box saw Carrick hit home into the right corner to reduce the arrears giving his team a much needed boost. Unexpectedly at that stage, Yaxley hit back with number three but this failed to dampen Yellows’ batteries as they carried on as if the goal hadn’t happened. Ally Jordan hit a fine shot against the right post bouncing unluckily out of reach of incoming team mates and a possible touch in. A great through ball from Lee Taylor found Jordan in midfield running toward the goal who spotted Grice charging through to the right edge of the box steering a pinpoint angled cross into his path for Grice to smash home a thunderous strike high into the Yaxley net for 3-2 and all to play for, Yaxley were clearly nervy being unable to contain the Yellow onslaught even arguing among themselves as panic set it.
The equaliser eventually came as Yellows pressure bore fruit after a melee inside the Yaxley box as Wallace joyously hit home to reap the reward their efforts richly deserved. Only a minute or so left for one or the other side to win this tantalising match with Stamford the favourites when the whistle blew to quell their aspiration. Maybe another five minutes and victory could have been theirs after turning this game around with admirable and positive mentality carried over the two games.