In-form Daly scores twice to rescue leaders Surbiton a draw at Wimbledon

Wimbledon 3-3 Surbiton

Surbiton preserved their lead in the Now: Men’s Pension Premier Division after a hard fought draw at rivals Wimbledon.

Matt Daly, now on 23 for the season, scored twice in ten second-half minutes to claw his side back from a 3-1 deficit to secure a point that was looking unlikely for most of the game.

Wimbledon had taken an early lead through Blake Govers, with Steven Ebbers and Ali Brogdon each finding the net after Chris Grassick briefly levelled for the leaders.

Both sides could argue for deserving the win with James Bailey and David Kettle each pulling off fine saves in the last few minutes to ensure they ended on even terms.

The point kept Surbiton top on goal difference after second-placed East Grinstead beat third-placed Beeston 3-2. Wimbledon remain in fourth, four points behind Surbiton.

Wimbledon made the better start with three great chances in the opening eight minutes.

The pressure on the Surbiton goal paid off after a quarter of an hour when Govers found the net from a short corner.

A mistake at the back allowed Surbiton back into the game shortly after though when Grassick capitalised on a deflection in the Wimbledon D to make it 1-1.

The league leaders seemed to be getting themselves back into the game but a fantastic six pass move which made its way up from the back eventually found Ebbers, who left Kettle helpless with a fine shot to take a deserved half-time lead.

At the restart it was Surbiton who forced the action in search of the equaliser, but sloppy play allowed Brogdon to intercept a pass at the back and round the keeper to double the lead six minutes in.

Surbiton replied immediately though when a short corner from Daly found the net.

Wimbledon still looked in control of the game with great pressing, but a bad pass allowed Daly to break and again drag Surbiton back level with 17 minutes left.

Suddenly it was Surbiton who looked most likely to steal the win, but both goalkeepers pulled off a number of great saves to keep the scores level at the full-time whistle.

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