Shenstone Pathfinder boss pleased with first pre-season test

Shenstone Pathfinder’s manager Chris Whitehouse believes his side has shown an early glimpse of their fighting spirit.

His comments came after they came from behind to earn a 4-4 draw in their pre-season friendly against Warstone Wanderers.

Chris Whitehouse

Chris Whitehouse

“All in all it was pleasing to give a large number of players at least 45 minutes on the pitch and gave me a good chance to have look at our new signings and some fringe players.

“It was also nice to get a draw after being 2-0 down, which show shows the fighting sprit and the never give up attitude of the players in my squad.”

Warstone showed their intent from the off and took the lead after just eight minutes when Nathan McIntosh got on the end of a long clearance.

The lead was doubled three minutes later when Connor Forester took advantage of a slip to slot the ball home.

Shenstone were in danger of letting the game run away from them, but they showed determination to get back into the game and create a number of chances of their own.

On 25 minutes they went close to reducing the deficit when Bell’s cross was turned towards goal only to find the inside of the post and bounce away to safety.

The chance gave Pathfinder the belief and they finally got on the scoresheet after 36 minutes when Wall’s cross was headed in by Josh Haston.

Half-time saw a raft of changes as Shenstone brought on ten new players – and the home side continued where the previous 11 had finished off as Mickel Gallaway levelled the scores five minutes after the restart.

But Warstone restored their lead five minutes later when one touch passing allowed Troy Wilson to engineer the space to chip the keeper from the edge of the box.

The visitors missed a chance to restore their two goal advantage and were made to pay on 66 minutes when Ryan Metcalf levelled things up once more.

With just 14 minutes to play, Warstone pushed forward and Pinder Deo headed home from close range to make it 4-3, before the visitors went close to adding a fifth only to be denied by a finger tip save.

Shenston broke on the counter with 81 minutes on the clock and Seb Finkel crossed for Ryan Roberts to tap in from close range.

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