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Sunday `Game Of Two Halves` Finishes All-Square

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The only game played on Sunday was the Evo-Stik League Premier encounter between Stourbridge and Matlock Town.

The Glassboys welcomed the Gladiators to the War Memorial Ground today due to cricket still being played on the ground on Saturdays.

And it pitched together two teams expected to feature prominently when the promotion places are up for grabs later in the season.

A good crowd of 1,050 saw the sides battle out a 1-1 draw, which was a pretty fair outcome on the balance of play.

However, it was the visitors who got out of the blocks the quickest and were ahead inside the opening 5 minutes when Glassboys` keeper Matt Gould was beaten to a through ball by Marc Newsham, who poked the ball home.

Matlock had the better of the majority of the first half, but it ended with the sides all-square as Stourbridge grabbed an injury-time equaliser when a cross from Jordan Murphy was headed down by Leon Broadhurst for Jordan Archer to net from close range.

The second half was goalless but the Glassboys improved immensely and were a little unfortunate not to have grabbed a winner with young sub Brandon Hague especially lively after coming off the bench.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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