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Worksop Town 3 Leigh RMI 3


By Matt Lawton
March 18 2006

RMI produced a terrific second half display that saw them come back from the dead at half time and claim an important point from relegation rivals Worksop. With both sides locked on the same number of points at the foot of the Conference North table, the old relegation "six pointer" cliché barely begins to describe the importance of today's encounter, with massive physchological blows to be landed, not to mention how vital any point would be in the relegation battle.

After an excellent first half performance last Saturday at home to Moor Green, RMI eventually fell to a 3-1 defeat after collapsing in the second half, and Andy Nelson's side were looking to make up for that disappointment, as well as looking to rectify the 1-0 home defeat to Worksop last November, a game that saw RMI dominate virtually from start to finish, only to end up empty-handed.

It was the home side though who took the early initiative, and they raced in to the lead after just seven minutes when Steve Owens gave the hosts the lead, continuing his own hot goalscoring streak in the process.

That lead was doubled just after the half hour mark through Ben Saunders, before former Rochdale star Leo Bertos seemingly put the game to rest with his side's third goal, and his first for Worksop, just a couple of minutes before the interval.

With Worksop playing out of their skins and RMI looking dead and buried, three goals behind away from home, RMI boss Andy Nelson certainly earned his money with what must've been a rousing speech to raise his troops who produced a terrific comeback, much in the same way as they did to draw 3-3 at Hyde United earlier in the season.

RMI clawed their way back in to the game just before the hour mark when Chris Simm converted a penalty, but even then any sort of comeback looked unlikely with RMI still two goals behind with half an hour left on the clock.

However, hope was restored with eighteen minutes remaining when substitute Gary Williams reduced the deficit again and increasing the prospect of a thrilling finish when he headed the ball home to make the score 3-2 in Worksop's favour.

The most unlikely of comebacks was achieved just ten minutes before the full time when Kevin Davies (no, not the Bolton striker) put the ball past his own goalkeeper to ensure a share of the spoils, and heighten the drama of the relegation battle as the end of the season draws nearer and nearer.

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