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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Keeper costs Greens a point

GOALKEEPER Stewart Hill rescued a point for Northbank Carlisle when they hosted high flying Wallington – by scoring an equaliser with just two minutes remaining.

Forgetting his role at the other end of the pitch, the shot stopper raced upfield to attack a corner to rule out Jack Palmer’s earlier strike which would have taken the Greens to second spot.

Conceding a goal to a goalkeeper compounded Wallington’s frustration when Palmer had a second goal ruled out for an alleged push on an opponent.

After a very cagey opening, Ben Fenwick played in Palmer with an inch perfect pass but his effort on goal was deflected wide.

But he was not to be kept out for long, rifling Sam Walton’s pass into the top corner for his first since his return to the club.

Northbank had enjoyed the lionshare of possession prior to the opener, but it spurred Wallington on and they started to turn the screw.

They should have been two goals to the good before the break when Walton sent in striker Adam Whitehead, but Hill came to his side’s rescue with a crucial save.

With time running out, Northbank started to throw everything at their opponents which in turn left gaping holes in defence for the visitors to exploit.

And Wallington thought they had reclaimed second spot when Palmer diverted Jake Walton’s cross into the net late on, only for the referee to rule it out.

After substitute Glenn Reardon received a nasty knock following a high challenge, Wallington were dealt the hammer blow on 88 minutes as Hill looped his header over opposite number Matty Lees for a point apiece.