Motherwell XI 3 – 3 Fleetwood Town
A Motherwell XI and Fleetwood Town played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at Fir Park this afternoon.
The Blue Square Premier side raced in to a two-nil first-half lead courtesy of a double from the experienced Gareth Seddon.
The first, after 22 minutes, came from a well-time Peter Cavanagh pass. The former Kettering striker dodged the offside trap and coolly slid the ball under Tom Bradley at his near post.
A few minutes later it was two. Former Man Utd youth product Danny Rose collected the ball in the middle of the park before sending a lovely ball over the top of the defence with Seddon again running the line excellently well. The 31-year old took a good touch before dinking a lovely effort over Bradley and in via the underside of the bar.
It stayed that way until the interval; Town boss Micky Mellon taking the opportunity to change things around with a number of substitutions.
‘Well had much more of the play at the start of the second period but were unable to break down the stubborn Fleetwood rearguard.
Kenny Black introduced Gary Smith in place of Steve Jennings and the striker made an immediate impact. He should have scored with virtually his first touch, going through one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but just as he was about to pull the trigger, the ball bobbled and he sliced a shot wide.
He would make it for it minutes later though when he brought ‘Well back into the match. Jonathan Page played in Chris Humphrey down the right with a decent diagonal ball. The winger went through the gears, got to the touchline before hanging it up towards the back post. Former Queen’s Park man Smith was unmarked and headed from close range.
Then, five minutes later, Smith turned provider as ‘Well drew level. Ross McKinnon’s free-kick from deep inside his own half was flicked on by the big striker for Bob McHugh, the striker making a great supporting run. He took one touch to set himself before blasting past Stephenson.
It looked then as if ‘Well would go on and win but, to their credit, Fleetwood got themselves back in front with just minutes left. A long, innocuous, ball over the top didn’t look as if it would pose any danger with Page sticking close to sub Richard Brodie. However, the on-loan Crawley striker twisted and turned before rifling past Bradley from an impossible angle.
3-2 then and it looked as if the visitors had the game won. Gary Smith would have the final say as he brought the Steelmen level with just a minute of stoppage time left to play. Ross Forbes collected midway inside the Town half. His superb ball into the area drew the keeper off his line allowing Smith to loop a header into the back of the unguarded net.
Motherwell: Bradley, Carswell, Halsman, Pollock, Page, McKinnon, Humphrey, Jennings (Smith – 70mins), McHugh, Ojamaa (Howarth – 78mins), Forbes