A late 7:15 kick off to allow additional gypsy's through the turnstile and Southwell & Eason to turn up, both delayed by father duties was a slow burning late June sizzler.
Not huge amounts in the early stages with Skins having the majority of possession but not creating huge amounts whilst Bibs had the direct running and high intensity football as they pressed Skins well and got some decent balls in the box.
The late arriving Southwell had the first chance and his excellent header was only marginally over.
Curry down the right put in a great cross on the run and Ridley had to use his experience and know how to divert the ball away from a Bibs head and a certain goal.
Lamprell was orchestrating well from defence and there was some neat build up play by Skins but they didn't really test any of the Bibs keepers.
In memory the first ever half time where it was goal less. Whilst not huge amounts of incident the match was engrossing and both teams were looking in good shape at the break.
Bibs made a very fast start and a goal mouth scramble resulted in a first F&O goal for Craig Butler who was having a good game out wide for Skins. He struck the ball well and the ball deflected off Ridley and past Mitchell.
Moments later Curry had a great chance for 2-0. Wilson played a beautiful cross field pass and Curry killed the ball well with his first touch but saw his effort saved by Mitchell who went down after with an injured foot.
Mitchell minutes later took one in the mush as Craig again went close with an effort which hit the head banded keeper on the Axel Rose.
It didn't take much longer for Bibs to hit their second. Eason was robbed centre field by Green and he played in Curry who scored past Southwell for 2-0.
It was no more than Bibs deserved as they had the game by the scruff of the neck and it seemed a matter of how many now.
Ridley began to push up and slowly but surely Skins edged back in. Ridley squared the ball across and Eason arriving a'la Jeremy Goss style slid in for a first time finish for 2-1 and game on.
A big turning point was a save made from Bahrami when Tricker was played in across goal. The front mans first time shot hit the Iranian stopper and the chance was gone.
Lamprell put in an inviting cross and Ridley unmarked at the back post volleyed over from 4 yards with just the keeper to beat.
The veteran quickly atoned when Bald won the first header and Ridley took a touch and placed the ball past Virgo. 2-2 and a dramatic turn around with fifteen to go.
Some good chances for both teams but none better than when Ridley just rolled the ball wide at the back post when the whole of Waterhall held their breath including the Pikey's.
Ridley was heavily involved and spent large chunks of the game on the deck with a variety of injuries. The bitch Tom Green turned his ankle after chasing down Southwell.
Curry and the Sandwich Man were having a great tussle in midfield as the game was getting ultra competitive. The first ever F&O drop ball was awarded when both men got the ball tangled in between their legs.
Ridley brought the game to a close for the first draw on the grass this Summer. Probably a fair result on balance although Bibs will feel they could and maybe should have killed in a 2-0.
MOTM - John Curry - An all action performance from the winger turned striker tonight. Caused problems throughout with direct running, good crossing and a crucial goal. Also worked hard off the ball.
Shout out to Craig Butler & Kev Virgo for Bibs and Rich Lamprell & Sandwich Man for Skins