The VHS is already out for this one described by Frank McAvennie as the ‘game that had everything’. In a week where Brighton beat Palace with video technology employed for the first time, F&O made their own history with a camera and referee as two evenly matched teams went at it at the draw HQ.
The game started at break neck speed and Brenchley clean through seemed to be pushed over by Wilson but referee Lamprell waved play on much to the disgust of Brench or couldn’t believe the injustice. At the other end the returning ballet swung in a corner which Eason mis-controlled resulting in a challenge which replays show was a conclusive dive with Hunt missing the next three games for simulation.
Skins took the lead when Russell played in Brenchley who’s fierce shot hit the underside of the bar and went in for 1-0.
Moments later Hunt hit the post as Bibs looked to level.
Half time and the best was yet to come. Seconds into the restart Wilson was caught in possession by Brench and despite another foul on him the ball rolled onto Russell who finished well after a good advantage was played by the ref.
Skins like Wilson were putting in some pretty robust challenges and Mitchell went flying in on Ridley on two occasions the second one assault as they went up for a long throw.
Skins were now happy to soak up and hit on the break and they done this on two further occasions Russell & Brench again linking up allowing the record F&O goal scorer to notch a hatrick for 4-0.
The game looked to be all over but Bibs continued to plug away and they kept getting closer and closer. Eventually their pressure paid off and a Greenwood curler in the angle of cross bar and post before hitting dangerous Dan in goal and bouncing over the line.
It was Greenwood again who was having a sensational game who started the panic for Skins as he made it 4-2.
A corner cleared by Eason was then put back into the mixer by Greenwood and ballet with a fortunate bit of mis-control teed up Ridley who blasted home.
With only minutes remaining it was twinkle toes Wilson who danced through the Skins back line before poking home for 4-4 and the comeback was complete.
An amazing end to a great match resulting in yet another draw.
MOTM – Mark Brenchley – A hatrick and an assist for the man who had to pass a late fitness test before the match. Some great goals and hold up play.