A LATE penalty miss cost Stafford maximum points in this well-contested game.
PELSALL VILLA0 STAFFORD TOWN0
St Mary’s Hospice Midland Football Combination Premier Division
Attacking down the slope in the first half, Pelsall put Stafford under early pressure with goalkeeper Ben Sturgeon producing a decent save to keep out Mark Woolbridge’s 13th minute shot.
Neither goalkeeper was seriously tested during the remainder of the first half.
Town’s two chances were a long-range Jake Turner drive and a shot from Captain Joe Woodward which looped over the bar off a defender.
Chances were created a little more frequently during the second half.
Dan Brown fired wide of the Pelsall goal while Sturgeon remained alert at the other end to block a shot from Woolbridge with his boot.
Pelsall thought they’d taken the lead in the 68th minute.
Richard Taudrey’s initial shot was saved by Sturgeon and Alan Wilkes slotted home the rebound - but from an offside position.
With time running out for both sides, Town substitute Morgan Hurley powered a close-range shot towards goal in the 88th minute which hit defender James Lewis on the line.
Referee Gould pointed to the spot and dismissed the unlucky defender for hand ball.Up stepped Brown but he sent the spot kick high over the bar.
It was a solid performance from Stafford to earn a point which lifted them into the top five and extended their unbeaten run in the league to four games.
On Saturday the Reds travel to West Midland (Regional) League Premier Division side Sporting Khalsa in the first Round of the Staffordshire FA Vase. Kick-off at Noose Lane is at 3pm.