Posted in Shadow Scholarship 2 weeks ago
The Barnsley FC Shadow Scholarship came from behind to claim a point at home to West Brom Albion Foundation.
In what was an entertaining encounter at Oakwell, Jack Bennett cancelled out Nawid Qadis’ effort as the Reds extended their unbeaten run to four games.
Mark Tinker’s side started the game on top as Jimmy Pursell saw an early shot blocked before Aidan Hargreaves forced a great reaction save from West Brom ‘keeper Daniel Whitehouse.
Pursell was the next to bring the impressive visiting ‘keeper into action, cutting inside and seeing his 35-yard piledriver pushed to safety when it seemed destined for the corner.
Shingirai Muzangoza showed some great footwork before driving forward and firing over the bar as the visitors began to come back into the game.
Bennett continued to look dangerous up front, forcing another block from a sturdy visiting defence before Hargreaves curled a shot just over the crossbar before the break.
Lewis French, having been a spectator for much of the first half, pulled off a brilliant diving save to deny a goalbound free kick early in the second half.
The Reds fell behind just a minute later however as Qadis passed the ball into an empty net after French could only parry an initial shot into his path.
Essa N’Dow was brought on and the fresh legs in the Reds attack almost had the desired impact but the referee waved away penalty claims after Bennett had appeared to have been brought down by the visiting ‘keeper.
Barnsley were level three minutes later as the influential Pursell threaded a perfect through ball to Bennett, who took a touch before firing an emphatic strike into the top corner.
Bailey Oates drilled a low free kick narrowly wide of the left-hand post before Jake Vigrass’ half-volley clipped the top of the crossbar with the ‘keeper well beaten.
The Reds continued to push for the winning goal and thought they had it when N’Dow slotted into the bottom corner from Bennett’s pass however the linesman had flagged for offside.
Bennett was then brought down in the box from behind and the referee pointed to the spot however Vigrass couldn’t convert the penalty.
Both teams had chances to win it late on but a thrilling game ended in a stalemate.