Waite strikes late to earn a point for Tring

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Tring Athletic 1 Biggleswade United 1

A smartly taken goal by Connor Waite three minutes from time rescued a point for Athletic after a disjointed display.

Having misfired for much of the game, Athletic gifted their guests an own goal in the 65th minute and were forced to did deep to secure the point against a team lying 14 places below them in the MSSML Premier Division table.

Athletic started brightly, producing a good move in the third minute which led to Stewart King heading Danny Gray’s cross narrowly wide.

The game then became scruffy and, midway though the half, United were denied twice within the space of a couple of minutes by Athletic keeper Nick Law – Tring’s fourth stopper in as many games.

First, from a corner he got down low to deal with a header from Mohammed Ghandour, before doing well to save a shot from Arthur Foday with his feet.

Athletic were struggling to find their usual fluency and rhythm and could not manage to create many more goalscoring opportunities as the first half drifted to its conclusion.

Athletic came out after the break with renewed vigour, and Chris Salmon headed a corner straight at the Biggleswade keeper, before Matt Jarvis saw his cross headed just wide of his own post by a visiting defender.

Tring boss Julian Robinson looked to capitalise on the good spell by bringing on Waite and Sunnie Cresswell, but instead he had to watch as his team gifted United the lead.

A seemingly harmless through-ball was not dealt with and, in an attempt to clear the danger, Chris Salmon ended up lobbing the ball over his own keeper.

Athletic raised the tempo as they looked to force the equaliser, but were finding it hard to break down a committed visiting defence.

They felt they should have had a penalty after King appeared to have been brought down by the visiting keeper but their appeals were waved away.

However, with just three minutes remaining, Tring were finally rewarded for their endeavours as Waite struck a fine half-volley to level the scores and earn a point for his side.