IN the West Midland Two section, Riverway returned home from the Sikh Hunters with a hard-earned point after sharing four goals.
SIKH HUNTERS 2 RIVERWAY 2
Jake Robinson made several changes to the side that drew with Ledbury Town the previous week with Tom Lane, Simon Dawson and Chris Hall making the starting line-up as the visitors grabbed an early advantage.
Riverway started at an electric pace and found themselves ahead inside the opening minute. Positive link up play between Matt Bickley and Earl Grant saw the ball worked to Martyn Wheeler who engineered some space on the left and whipped the ball in low for Grant to loop the ball home.
Hunters quickly got into their stride as Riverway struggled with a formation which was heavily overloading the midfield. The home side levelled when a deep lying freekick evaded the Riverway men and found the net.
After the break, Sikh Hunters again pressed but found the Riverway defensive line well marshalled by the impressive Dave Wilcock.
An incisive break away on 62 minutes did look like it would be a turning point when a piece of individual brilliance by the home side’s right winger saw them take a 2-1 lead.
Riverway made several changes, bringing on Jay Arnold, Alex Peatfield and Dave O'Grady, and for 20 minutes they dominated possession.
The visitors eventually levelled when good work by Charlie Marshall saw the ball fall to Matt Rhodes whose delicate pass released Thomas Duffy and he coolly slid the ball under the onrushing goalkeeper.
Riverway are away again this Saturday, visiting Mahal (Birmingham) in the league (3pm).