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Islington Admiral held by White City Wanderers but maintain unbeaten run

Chris Bourne on target in 2-2 draw

15 September, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Admiral celebrate finding the back of the net

GUYANESE international Chris Bourne scored twice on Monday to help Islington Admiral United extend their unbeaten run in the Islington Midweek League to 15 games in all competitions.

Manager Anthony Clark described the 2-2 draw against White City Wanderers as “a disappointing night”, however, as the scintillating stalemate at Market Road ended a winning streak of 14 games for the Premier League champions. In only their second outing of the season, Admiral found themselves behind within 10 minutes.

But they battled back to equalise when Aaron Hutchins’s pinpoint through-ball found Bourne, who cut inside two defenders and curled a magnificent shot into the top corner from the edge of the area. Clark’s crew came within inches of taking a lead in at the break when Alfie Francis unleashed a shot from distance, but the rasping 25-yard effort hit the crossbar.

The Wanderers took advantage of some poor defending to retake the lead early in the second half. But again Admiral hit back, and again it was that man Bourne.

The club’s star player continued where he left off last season when he smashed home a 20-yard free-kick to earn his side what could prove a vital point come the end of the campaign.

Admiral kicked off their season in style on Thursday night when they netted a resounding 8-0 victory over Magical Vegas. Mariusz Serwin earned plaudits as he walked off the field at the end of the game with a goal and three assists to his name.

The free-flowing showpiece saw Alfie Francis and Sam Donoghue both hit hat-tricks, while it wouldn’t be an Admiral game without Bourne getting his name on the score-sheet.

“Overall it’s a good start to the season,” said Clark after the game. “If you’d asked me before our game against White City Wanderers, I would have said that a draw was a bad result. But considering how the game panned out we’re happy with the point that we earned.”

He aded: “Wanderers were by far the better team and we really didn’t deserve anything from the game. Even when we pulled it back to 2-2 late on they had another chance to win it. They were only denied all three points by what will no doubt turn out to be one of the saves of the season from our goalkeeper, Jason Hartles. Taking all that into consideration, we’ll settle for our point.”

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