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A-grade draw delivers tight semis preview

The top of the A-grade table clash between 2nd-placed Barnstoneworth United and the undefeated Waratah FC has delivered a scintillating finals preview, just three weeks out from the semis.

Saturday’s match is  always a fixture circled in the calendar by both players and fans and the nil-all draw didn’t disappoint as a spectacle.

Down on troops due to injuries, United called up experienced club stalwart Chris Davis from B-Grade to fill in, proving once again what a great asset he is for the Barnies club.

It was a fast paced affair which didn't diminish the quality of the game.

The game was never dull. End to end action kept the crowd entertained and the players on guard.

United Manager Chris Jacobs was delighted by the performance of key players.

“Sam Sutton continued to defy belief in the energy levels he displays week in week out,” Chris Jacobs said.

“Alex Elliott dropped back in defence to cover Tom Radnedge's absence, Alex's ability bomb forward was a constant threat.

“Mitch Jacobs and Tim Denham looked dangerous when able to get the ball at their feet.”

In such a tight game, chances were going to be limited, the best of the game falling to Lachie Peet who beat the Waratahs offside trap and, under pressure, stroked the ball past the keeper, only to be thwarted by the tahs sweeper who tapped the ball away.

“With no VAR in place the decision seemed to be a correct call from the officials,” Chris Jacobs admitted.

Late in the game Davis had a chance but his header was slightly off course.

United keeper Matt Delaney looked comfortable throughout the match, a one on one save the highlight of his day’s work.

Ibby Yunusa and Bill Foster have formed a formidable combination in the centre of defence.

Falling back to 3rd spot after the result, United face stablemates Barnies FC next week which could confirm the all important 2nd spot

FC will go into that match after a confidence–building 2-1 win over 4th-placed Millthorpe Tigers.

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