DESPITE going in front after ten minutes Stafford Town Pythons could not hold on as they recorded a 1-1 draw in their opening Premier League fixture at Eccleshall.
A fine Jack Davis finish from a Thomas Concar corner in the tenth minute gave Stafford Town Pythons the lead at Eccleshall Eagles Sapphires on the opening day of the U11's Premier League season.
Eccleshall started brightly but fine defending from Ryan Sahota and Luke Jones kept the Town Pythons in the game - who then took their chance when it came minutes later.
Pythons then looked comfortable for the remainder of the first half with midfielders Ollie Derbyshire, Thomas Concar and William Murphy bossing the game and keeping the ball well under pressure and Sam Hackett looking dangerous as he ran at the Eccleshall defence.
Left-sided player Harvey James also played exceptionally well dealing with the home sides threat on the right.
The hosts were mainly forced into taking long-range shots, which goalkeeper Ben Jones dealt with exceptionally well.
The second half mostly belonged to the Eagles, however Stafford kept defending resolutely and looked dangerous on the counter-attack.
Jack Yates held his runs fantastically and made it look as if he had been playing with the offside rule for years.
This combined with goalkeeper Ben Jones's fantastic distribution meant Jack Yates came close on several occasions.
However, Eccleshall finally made the breakthrough in the 51st minute with a fantastic finish which found its way into the top-right corner.
Momentum could have swung in the home sides favour but Pythons kept on fighting and refused to lose the game.
Ben Jones made an early contender for save of the season after throwing himself across the line to stop the Eagles from taking the lead.
Both teams looked a threat from corners all game, with both Thomas Concar and James Mawdsley delivering constantly good balls into the box.
In the final minute Jack Davis attacked one of these corners and was unlucky not to score the winner himself.
The match ended 1-1 with the parents voting for their player of the match as goalkeeper Ben Jones, whose fantastic saves kept Stafford in the game and whose distribution was top quality and the manager gave his man of the match to midfielder Ollie Derbyshire who was strong and composed on his Pythons debut.