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A Hard Week

After playing the top two in the Division within a week, Allotment now turn their attention to playing North Shields away on Wednesday night at 7.30. Allotment have already recorded a victory there this season in the senior cup.

The loss away to Shildon last Tuesday was down to a poor first half and particularly the defending of set pieces. The second half was much more of a contest with George Brady and Gee Baltazar making a big difference when coming on as subs at half time. Micky Scott got one back for Allotment smashing the ball in from close range from a corner.

Saturday saw league leaders Bishop Auckland arrive looking to increase their lead at the top of the division.

Allotment welcomed back Guy Bates but were without Jake Foster due to injury.

The first half was an end to end affair but with neither goal keeper making a save, as for all the good approach play the strikers couldn't hit the target. On twenty four minutes Bishops got awarded a soft penalty when Baltazar was seen to push Bishops Louis Johnson to the ground. Up stepped the Bishops captain Craig Gott and converted the spot kick. Allotment should have been level after great work by Thompson set up Giraud but he fired wide.

The second half was just as open with Mickel Thompson proving to be a real live wire for Allotment. The Bishops keeper had to pull off a great save in the 65th minute to deny Giraud. Bishops also had their chances but again couldn't make it count. In the dying minutes of stoppage time Connor Campbell was judged to be pushed in the back which again looked soft and a spot kick awarded. Giraud stepped up for Allotment and earned a share of the points which on reflection was probably a fair result after an entertaining match.

The clip show Cyril Giraud converting his spot kick.

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