Late Nobbs goal sends 7ths into first

Uni 7ths captain Lewis Clare was relieved to see his side equalise right at the death in a 5-5 thriller with Team Sloth.

In Sloth, the 7ths found a tough opponent and only a last-gasp equalising goal from Matthew Nobbs could salvage a point.

The point was good enough to put them a point clear at the top of the league table as Sketty beat Ajax 3-1.

Clare said: “Pulling it back to 5-5 just came as a relief more than anything.

With Sketty winning we do go top but that’s only by a point.

“If we’d won we would be three points clear.”

At times, especially in the first half, Clare was not happy with his side’s defending and questioned their commitment at half-time.

He added: “As captain of the side I feel a lot of frustration when things aren’t going our way.

“At half-time I felt the players needed a kick up the backside.”

Sloth took the lead some ten minutes in as Sam Buka got on the end of a long throw to prod the ball in at the back post.

In response the 7ths had an effort from Darius Niamir which sailed a few yards wide of the post.

It became 2-0 not long after as Lewys Thomas outpaced 7ths defender number three to a long ball and calmly lobbed over 7ths GK.

The 7ths soon pulled a goal back as no. 9 darted in between two challenges before finding the bottom corner with a placed effort.

Before the half was out Sloth added another as Rich Hayes struck a sweet left-footed volley from outside the box which caught 7ths GK unaware.

Clare’s half-time team talk seemed to have paid off as Darius Niamir made it 3-2 not long after the restart with a header from a free-kick.

It became 3-3 soon after as number nine let fly with a half volley just outside the six-yard box which crept in.

The game proved to be end-to-end for much of the second half.

Sloth regained the lead as a mistake in the 7ths defence allowed Gwenallt Jones to loop into an unguarded net.

The 7ths went down the other end and got the equaliser through Mark Barnard’s back post header.

Unfazed by the quick reply, Sloth went back in front as Jack Taylor’s deflected strike found its way in.

The 7ths appeared to have resigned themselves to defeat until Michael Pritchard’s left-wing cross was nodded in at the near post by Nobbs.

Team Sloth 5-5 Uni 7ths

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