Overton United cruelly denied victory away at Locks Heath

Last-gasp heartbreak for Overton United

Last-gasp heartbreak for Overton United

First published in Sport Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

OVERTON United were denied an excellent away win over high-flying Locks Heath by an injury-time equaliser.

Titch Bloomfield’s men were winning 2-1 approaching full-time, but Locks Heath, who look set to finish second in the Hampshire Premier League, smashed in a late goal to break their hearts.

Overton got off to a good start and took the lead thanks to an outstanding solo goal from Alex Jupp, who picked the ball up just inside the Locks Heath half and beat several would-be tacklers before slotting home.

A poor back-pass allowed the hosts to level before half-time, and Overton seemed to be really up against it when they lost goalkeeper Sean O’Brien to injury early in the second half.

However, they regained the lead when Danny Houseman fired home at the end of a fine team move, while Myles Englefield and Chris Lavisher both went close to making it 3-1, being denied by the Locks Heath ’keeper.

It looked like Overton would hang on to win, but the hosts had other ideas. A free-kick was only cleared as far as the edge of the area, and an excellent strike earned the home side a point.

Manager Bloomfield said: “To go there and come away with something is an achievement but it was one of those games where we deserved to win.”

Overton sit sixth in the table ahead of their final game of the season, a trip to mid-table Hedge End Rovers on Saturday.

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