Normanton throw away two-goal lead after red card

FALSE DAWN -- Shane Newton, who headed the opening goal before it all went wrong for South Normanton. (PHOTO BY: Richard Parkes).
FALSE DAWN -- Shane Newton, who headed the opening goal before it all went wrong for South Normanton. (PHOTO BY: Richard Parkes).

Slipshod South Normanton Athletic threw away a two-goal lead, after having a player sent off, to slide to their first defeat of the season in the East Midlands Counties League, Premier Division.

Normanton, who had taken 13 points from their first five games, appeared in cruise control at Anstey Nomads as they led 2-0 with half an hour left after goals from Shane Newton, who headed home an Ant Fay free-kick in the 14th minute, and Kyle Johnson, who drove home at the back post on 40 from a cross by Luke Crosby.

But having lost Newton to an injury, they were reduced to ten men in the 61st minute when Courtney Bartley was shown red for swearing, and the whole match went pear-shaped.

Just a minute later, Anstey pulled a goal back when Joe Hartopp tapped home from six yards. And although Normanton responded with an effort by man-of-the-match Crosby that hit the bar, they were pegged back by an equaliser when defender Jon Armson headed home.

Johnson, with a superb 30-yard free-kick, and Crosby, with an audacious chip, went close to a winner but instead, right on time, a shot by Daz Taylor nicked all three points for the home side. Now Normanton must aim to bounce back at home to Ellistown this Saturday.