SLIDESHOW: DDJSFL U13 Division Two: Edlington and Bawtry share spoils in ten goal thriller

Edlington White Stars Red came back from a 5-1 half time deficit to pick up another valuable point in the battle for promotion.

Bawtry raced clear by the break but faced a superb comeback from the White Stars and were forced to share the spoils in a ten goal thriller.

Edlington's Levi Murphy beats Bawtry goalkeeper Jake Woodward to score. Picture: Steve Taylor

Edlington's Levi Murphy beats Bawtry goalkeeper Jake Woodward to score. Picture: Steve Taylor

The game was dominated by a strong wind but both sides managed to produce some good attacking football in the harsh conditions.

Bawty opened the scoring early when Robert Crawley turned home from six yards following a cross from the right.

Both sides went at it hammer and tongs after the scoring was opened and Edlington managed to level up.

A fine through ball from Ethan Slater allowed leading scorer Levi Murphy to dart through and slot home with a neat finish.

Drew Budtz proved a constant threat for Bawtry with his crosses and it was no surprise when one led to his side re-taking the lead.

Crawley once again found space to head home from close range.

Bawtry continued to use the wind to their advantage and raced seemingly out of sight.

After some confusion in the Edlington box, Crawley took possession and rounded the on-rushing keeper to secure his hat trick from a tight angle.

Bawtry’s fourth came when Keiran Atkinson smashed home a clearance first time from just inside the area.

And the fifth for Bawtry came before the break when Budtz burst through the defence and was brought down for a penalty.

He stepped up and slotted away the penalty to put his side completely in charge.

But with the change of ends came a change in fortunes.

Within two minutes of the re-start, Edlington had pulled a goal back when Lewis Oxley’s corner took several deflections before finding the back of the net.

The goal gave the White Stars renewed belief and they began to play some excellent stuff.

Levi Murphy rattled the bar with a free kick from 20 yards but it did not deter Edlington in any way.

Bawtry were pushed back and soon Edlington were within two as Jake Rowe latched onto Reece Needham’s through ball and slotted home confidently.

The White Stars’ pressure kept coming and after some fine link-up play between Dylan Carroll and Cameron Hamshaw, Oxley drilled in a superb 25 yard strike.

The game was heading one way, despite some resolute Bawtry defending, and the comeback was completed when Slater produced a mazy solo run and fired in the equaliser.

It took a wonder save from the Bawtry keeper to prevent Edlington from snatching a late winner through Murphy.

But after the very definition of a game of two halves, a share of the spoils was fully justified.