Penalty takers are both spot on

Sterling Castle's Darren Anthony and Mermaids Tim Moore

Sterling Castle's Darren Anthony and Mermaids Tim Moore

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Mermaid United Old Boys 1

Stirling Wanderers 1

MERMAID went into this game against league leaders Stirling Wanderers full of confidence after last week’s performance. Making his debut for Stirling was Darren Anthony.

Both sides started with some crisp passing, however the first chance fell to Stirling’s Lewis Goodacre whose shot lacked power and Shaun Bradley gathered it with ease.

Mermaid’s back four were looking a really solid outfit until Jake Acton handled the ball and Lewis Goodacre tucked away the spot kick, his 13th goal of the season.

The home side didn’t let the setback upset them and started playing some good football from midfield with Lee Taylor, Clint and Mark Stockdale and Steven Grimson spraying the ball around with ease and putting tremendous pressure on the Stirling defence.

This eventually paid off when Dave Tindall conceded a penalty and Mark Stockdale sent keeper Chris Skeggs the wrong way to bring the scores level.

Both sides were putting everything they could in attempting to get that crucial next goal, even Mermaid’s manager and makeshift striker Tim Moore couldn’t make a breakthrough and they received a blow on the hour mark when Beevers pulled up with an hamstring injury enabling Matthew Kay to join the fray.

Wanderers must have received some harsh words from their manger at half time because they were now playing some good stuff with Alex Cobden and Mark Carter beginning to get a grip in midfield,.

The latter found Sam Jackson with a neat through ball but his effort was saved by Bradley with his legs.

The Mermaid keeper had to be alert minutes later when Goodacre was clean through but his shot was saved.

The final whistle came with the points shared, but Mermaid will perhaps be the most satisfied while Stirling will consider it two points dropped.

Manager’s comments: Mermaid: “When you play as a team and not argue among yourselves, you can get results.”

Stirling Wanderers: “We were never at the races today lads. If we are to win the title then we need to start taking our chances and killing teams off. Hard to believe Skeggs had only one save to make all game yet we come away with just a point.”

Men of the match: Mermaid: Steve Grimson and Mark Stockdale.

Stirling: Darren Anthony and Alex Cobden.

Sponsors: Mermaid: Alpine Windows and Direct Roofing

Stirling Wanderers: Stirling Castle, Whitby Cobbler and Pineapple Joes