Foster free-kick settles showdown

A goal of quality on 90 minutes that was good enough to win any game saw FC Britannia maintain their 100 per cent record against FC UTD of Bolsover in Division One.

Monday, 7th November 2016, 3:55 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 5:02 pm

It was Jamie Foster who lined up the winner with an exquisite 25-yard free-kick after the teams were deadlocked at a goal each.

On a rain swept morning the threat of Nathan Whitehead combined with the liveliness of Callum Lytham saw Britannia take the lead after 20 minutes. The ball fell to Whitehead on the edge of the box and his clinical low drive went through a crowd of players into the Bolsover goal.

This early lead was slightly harsh on the home side and they deservedly equalised just seven minutes later. It was Jack Weaver who crossed off the left and having first appeared to have got the ball under control ‘Brit’ keeper James Bradbury fumbled it and the ball fell agonisingly backward over the line and into the goal.

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Nico De Giralamo nearly restored the visitors the lead again before half-time, his first was a shot well saved by home number one Ryan Hopkins and then just moments later the keeper saved from the same player’s sharp header.The second half started with an early scare for both sides, Whitehead fired inches wide for FC Britannia and then Weaver for Bolsover saw his cross beat Bradbury but strike the bar. Whitehead went close twice more before the winner finally arrived.

It came with 90 minutes on the clock, FC Britannia being awarded a free-kick 25 yards out and Foster quietly eyed up the goal and then took his cue to sweep home a glorious strike into the Bolsover goal.

With five minutes of injury-time to play there was a nervous visitors bench screaming for the referee to blow up for time but they need not have worried as most of the threat still came from their side. Lytham tested the keeper from ten yards but Hopkins saved well. FC UTD of Bolsover remain top of the table but the visitors are just one point behind with two games in hand on their rivals.