Dominant Paradise Lounge had to settle for a point against 10-man Longhorn in an entertaining encounter at Aldridge Airfield.
The Lichfield side were in control early on with efforts from Ben Lowe and Sam Owen inches away from giving the Lounge the lead.
But it was mid-table Longhorn who opened the scoring shortly before the break when much-travelled striker Craig Kerr prodded through the legs of Paradise goalkeeper Paul Webb.
Moments before the half-time whistle, Longhorn were reduced to ten men when centre-half Sean King was given a straight red card for headbutting Paradise winger Jack Lowe.
The visitors made a superb start to the second-half and it seemed only a matter of time before they would make their numerical advantage count.
Dale Harley played in forward Ben Hartshorne who kept his cool to equalise and double his goal tally for the season.
Paradise pressed for a winner but wasted a host of chances in front of goal – midfield dynamo Sam Owen fired over his one-on-one and in the last minute substitute striker Stuart Gauntlett scuffed his shot wide of the post with only the Longhorn keeper to beat.
With player-managers Harley, Graham Welsh, younger brother Sam all on the pitch, Simon Owen was appointed manager for the morning and made a smashing start to his reign in temporary charge. He said after the game:
“A draw feels like a defeat because it was one-way traffic for most of the match. It was end-to-end stuff in the second-half and we played very well. It was good being the gaffer – I smashed it.”
Paradise: Paul Webb, Lee Rafter, Paul Hill, Ben Lowe, Mark Morris, Dale Harley, Graham Welsh, Sam Owen, Jack Lowe (Stuart Gauntlett), Ben Hartshorne (Adam Worthington), James Coombes.
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