Bay denied by late equaliser

The Bay were denied a seventh successive win in the Skrill North as Kayden Jackson scored a 90th minute equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw for Oxford City at Llanelian Road on Saturday. The Bay, who went ahead on 72 minutes through Rob Hopley’s header, are still unbeaten in eight games.

The Bay had dominated most of the game but on a heavy pitch, which cut up badly, they failed to put away their chances which included a couple of really good ones.

After Marc Williams had hit the post in the first half, Rob Hopley was left one-on-one with Oxford keeper Mark Scott but slipped as he tried to go round him, and the keeper was able to deflect the ball away for a corner.

Hopley and Jamie Ellison both put other chances over the bar, Gaz Evans had shot headed over for a corner by a defender, and Jamie Crowther, who put in some tremendous work again in midfield, also saw a goalbound screamer deflected narrowly wide off a defender.

In the second half Scott saved well from Evans and Hopley, while Louis Moss fired another great chance over the bar from Hopley’s lay off, although he was off balance as he shot.

The home side finally found the net on 72 minutes, however, when the diving Scott did superbly well to parry another deflected screamer from Crowther and also blocked a follow up header before Hopley bundled the ball over the line.

Marc Williams should have made it 2-0 when he was clear on goal but his chip over the advancing keeper lacked strength and Scott was able to race back and grab the ball before it crossed the line.

Oxford finished the game strongly and two minutes into added time substitute Kynden Jackson, who had looked a threat after coming on with 19 minutes left and had twice gone close, turned inside the area and shot into the corner of the net for the lasp gasp equaliser.

It could have been worse, with Oxford heading another chance onto the roof of the net in virtually the last action of the game. The Bay stay in eighth place, but are now six points behind fifth-placed Hednesford.