REPORT: Dronfield avoid the downpour to take deserved point

Updated: Nov 25, 2019

On a day where only five league games survived yet another weekend deluge, Dronfield Town more than played their part in a thoroughly entertaining 3-3 draw away at Rossington Main.

A Mark Fereday brace and a goal from Callum Mawbey saw Town take a point from the Doncaster side, who surprisingly languish in the lower echelons of the division.

Dronfield hit the ground running in the early stages. Fereday’s right wing run and cross was stabbed over the bar on the volley by strike partner Mawbey and moments later, Ethan Flower’s twenty yard effort was turned round the post by ex-Doncaster Rovers keeper Jan Budtz.

Jordan Buckham had a shot from distance parried by Lewis Naylor but it was Town who took the lead in the 23rd minute.

Laurie Wilson was clattered as he lined up a goal-bound volley and after a delay for his treatment, Mark Fereday stepped up and smashed his penalty into the roof of the net.

The goal spurred Rossington back into the game and they got back on level terms on 34 minutes. An exchange of passes at the top of the area allowed Niall Doran to slot home past Naylor from 18 yards.

Dronfield regained the lead after the break in the 54th minute when Connor Chappell’s pinpoint pass fed Callum Mawbey, who made no mistake in finishing past Budtz to make it 1-2.

That lead only lasted two minutes as the home side immediately fought back. Doran’s free kick from fully 20 yards was curled exquisitely into the top corner, bringing the teams back level at 2-2.

Rossington took the lead in the 65th minute. A scramble in the Rossington goalmouth saw Dronfield unable to convert. Main broke quickly allowing Adam Watson to fire home low past Lewis Naylor and give his side a 3-2 lead.

Town rang the changes with Danny Wood replacing Mawbey and it paid almost immediate dividends. Wood’s ball in from the right hand side was well-controlled and then volleyed home by Fereday to give Dronfield a deserved share of the spoils.

The point sees Town remain in thirteenth position in the Northern Counties East League Division One as they look forward to another trip to Doncaster next week to take on Armthorpe Welfare.

Rossington Main: Budtz, Bellinga, Buckham, Conway, Bytheway, Williamson, Doran, Thomas, Bell, Watson, Brown.

Dronfield Town: Naylor, Rawson, Bovill, Sezerano, Mintoft, Hill, Wilson, Flower, Fereday, Mawbey, Ord.

Attendance: 140

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