Nine-man Corinthians dig deep to take a point from Wolverton

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Nine-man Tring Corinthians secured a point, and should have made it three, in difficult conditions at Wolverton.

Corries, missing six players and stretched to breaking point, showed character and determination to battle hard for a 1-1 draw.

The game started at a brisk tempo and it was the home side that created the bulk of the half chances, as their aerial strength told.

The visitors gifted a number of set pieces to the hosts; however the wind and poor heading meant Parker in the Corries goal was not troubled.

When Corries did get the ball on the floor, they looked useful and with the maturing Lee Groves and Louis Fernandez prompting in midfield, aided by Wheeler-King and Brumwell, it looked like at some point Gomm or Swaysland would be benefit from the creativity.

However, the match took a controversial turn, as Flaherty was booked for clearing a poorly taken corner and Wheeler-King was booked for dissent for the most innocuous of comments.

And things got worse for Corries, when on the stroke of half time the visitors took the lead from another needless set piece.

Yet Corries came out in the second half by far the better side, finally passing the ball and exposing the hosts backline, without really threatening - although Gomm did fire in two long range efforts.

Corries were then reduced to ten, as Flaherty was pushed from behind, only to see a second yellow waved in his direction.

The visitors dug deep and equalised, as Gomm played in a perfect cross for Wheeler-King to record his second goal of the season and rightfully restore parity.

And with Ferdinand marshalling the back line in some style, Corries were looking the more likely, as Miles prompted from the back.

Wheeler-King’s afternoon took a turn for the worse, as he won a perfectly timed challenge just inside his own half and once more the referee waved a yellow to see Corries reduced to nine men.

Fernandez limped out of the action and was replaced by the half fit Stephenson, yet the expected winner from the hosts didn’t come, as Corries played on the break. And it was one of these breaks that saw Brumwell head wide, when he should have scored.

Manager Simon Lacey said: “We showed remarkable character and determination today, I’m exceptionally proud of the player’s performance, to fight back against overwhelming odds is simply incredible.

“It’s a difficult place to come with 11 men, let alone ten and when you have a player booked simply for clearing a corner, you fear it won’t be your day, however the fact I’m disappointed with just a point says a lot about our performance.”