Epsom: 2 (B.Hildrey, Vermeulen)
Epsom travelled to a freezing Dukes’ Meadow on Saturday to take on Barnes. Epsom started strongly after a long spell standing around in the car-park and Ben Hildrey fired them into an early lead from a short corner dragflick. Barnes attacked almost straight back down the right and scored when a cut-back went in off an entirely blameless Epsom defender. Epsom exerted some further pressure at 1-1 but it was a bit of a scrappy game and Barnes frequently threatened on the counter-attack. Shortly before half-time an Epsom attack fell to Drew Vermeulen whose neat reverse-stick finish went in at the near post for 2-1.
The second-half was also quite scrappy with neither side really able to assert, Barnes probably looking more dangerous on the counter-attack. As the game drifted on Epsom looked to be holding out, backed up by some strong saves from Ed Burton-Brown, but with ten minutes to go Barnes exerted a sustained spell of pressure and equalised when a neat free hit was deflected home for 2-2. Barnes subsequently had a few more chances but then lost a player to a red-card. This allowed Epsom to control the final stages, but a few shots were blazed wide and a final short corner right on full time was well saved and the game ended 2-2.
A point was a fair enough result but not enough to stop Epsom from slipping to seventh in a tight league table. They could do with a few results going their way and take on Fareham 2s at Therfield this Saturday.