by Tom Cross
Ilkley Town U18 1-1 Nidd U18.
IIlkley went into the game knowing that if they won their final 4 games they would win the league. The pitch at West Holmes was sticky and stopped Ilkley playing their preferred passing game and probably suited Nidd, who took the lead on 10 minutes.
Ilkley responded well and battled hard, dominating possession, creating a few half chances, but they couldn’t take advantage. Half time 0-1.
The 2nd half continued in the same vein, with Ilkley dominating play, but looked vulnerable to the counter attack as they pushed forward. With 15 minutes to go, they thought they had scored after a melee in the box, but the referee decided the ball had not crossed the line.
The lads continued to press and in the final minute, Dan Pelkowski won the ball in a crowded penalty box and smashed home a deserved equaliser. Final score 1-1.