Wakehurst earn valuable point in crunch clash

Jordon Foster scored Wakehurst's goal in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Coagh. Picture: Damian McKee.
Jordon Foster scored Wakehurst's goal in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Coagh. Picture: Damian McKee.

Wakehurst are slowly edging towards retaining their Belfast Telegraph Championship Two status after two draws during the week.

The Ballymena men drew 0-0 with Portstewart in midweek and then played out a 1-1 draw with Coagh in Saturday’s crunch clash.

“It was probably more important that we didn’t lose to Coagh, even more so than winning the game, because it means we keep our eight point cushion over them at the bottom of the table,” said club captain Douglas Stevenson, who took joint charge along with Andy Erwin, with manager Ian Gregg and players Conor and Ryan Gregg attending a family wedding.

“Ideally we would have liked to have picked up more points from those two games than two but we’re not any worse off than we were and our performances have improved over the past couple of weeks.”

Wakehurst missed a penalty for the second time in three weeks when Mark Crawford put his first half spot kick wide, but the Ballymena side took the lead in the second half when Andy Laughlin’s cross was converted by striker Jordon Foster.

Coagh equalised with a header from a free kick but there’s no doubt a point suits Wakehurst more than the County Tyrone side.

Wakehurst: Maybin, Swan, Colville, Crawford, Price, Gilmore, Mellon, Young, Laughlin, Lemon, Foster. Subs: Erwin, Millar, Alexander, Gilchrist, Allen.

Wakehurst travel to Queen’s University this Saturday in their next league game.