Reserves last night missed a golden opportunity to clinch the Pontins League title when
they took on Middlesbroughs second string.
The Sky Blues will now have to rely on other results if they are to win the
championship after throwing away a two-goal lead.
City started brightly and grabbed the lead in the opening five minutes when a sweeping
move ended with Willie Boland delivered a superbly weighted ball which Gavin Strachan and
slid into the net.
The game seemed dead and buried after nine minutes when the visitors doubled their
lead, again it was Boland who delivered the incisive ball, which was beautifully
controlled and finished by Andrew Ducros.
However, the two-goal lead was short lived and by the interval Boro had levelled the
game and grabbed the initiative.
The home side clearly thought this gave them the upper hand but City re-established
their lead on the hour with Boland unlocking the Boro defence for the third time and the
benefactor Gary McPhee fired past the keeper.
It was a blow that could have finished the home side, but to the Teesiders credit
they came back to equalise, and then with just six minutes remaining, they struck again to
seal the three points.
Reserve team coach Trevor Peake said the result was a blow. He said:
"We were obviously extremely disappointed to have come so near, and now know that
the issue is not in our hands," he commented.
"We now have to hope that Port Vale can pull off a good result against Boro next
week and leave us knowing just what we have to do to win.
"Middlesborough had a very experienced side out and we had several lads who had
been out of action for a while and they visibly tired in front of us."