FTER two successive draws Uttoxeter Juniors White were hoping to record a win against a talented Mickleover Sports side.
A depleted Juniors were down to the bare bones with only the minimum seven available due to the absence of midfield stalwart George Beech – but they produced a performance of real grit and character.
Uttoxeter began the better of the two sides and showed real flair in their passing.
One move involved at least 12 passes that had Mickleover chasing shadows.
However, Juniors’ early dominance failed to produce a goal.
Reuben Kenny, with a brave header, and Ethan Newton-Taylor, with a good run and shot, came closest to breaking the deadlock.
As the half progressed Mickleover began to exert some pressure and were unlucky not to take the lead when an attack resulted in a shot which struck the Uttoxeter post.
Mickleover continued to press during the rest of the half and it took two miraculous saves from Uttoxeter goalkeeper Oliver Lodge – including an amazing tip over the bar from a free kick, to keep the score level at half time.
The second half saw Mickleover enjoy most of the attacking play and further heroics from Lodge were required to keep them at bay.
Jed Brunt briefly threatened with a clever dribble and shot that was saved, but Uttoxeter’s main job was to defend.
Ben Meads, Reuben Kenny and Jed Brunt all made valuable tackles to ensure Uttoxeter claimed a share of the spoils.