Melbourne Knights again failed to take all three points at home last night, after a 1-1 draw with sister club North Geelong Warriors.
Good results have been few and far in between for both sides of late, with the Warriors failing to win any of their matches in this 2017 campaign. In fact, their last win came as they gained promotion to the NPL last year.
For the Knights, good results at home continue to evade Andrew Marth’s side, but they were off to a good start following a Jason Hicks volley after just seven minutes.
The Kiwi smashed home his effort just outside the six yard box after reacting quickly to Elvis Kamsoba’s lobbed assist.
However, in the next ten minutes North Geelong would equalise through no efforts of their own, but off captain Ben Surey’s head.
A dangerous corner was not initially dealt with, and Surey could only deflect his header into the net. Despite being on the goal line, Kamsoba could not clear the ball in time.
After twenty minutes, Kym Harris missed a golden opportunity to take the lead for the Knights, but would only turn his tame effort into the waiting arms of Warriors goalkeeper Stevanja.
A flurry of corners followed, but North Geelong weathered the storm to see out the half at one-all.
The Knights pressure continued into the early stages of the first ten minutes of the second half, with the home side pushing to close the match out and claim a much needed three points.
North Geelong troubled the Knights just after the hour mark, their own player getting in the way of a goal-bound effort from range, deflecting the ball just over Fraser Chalmers goal for a goal-kick.
Harris would again have the chance to head us into the lead following a Jason Hicks free-kick.
Robbie Zadworny would make a late cameo, and miss a golden opportunity to take the Knights into the lead as he failed to get his shot on target after being found alone at the back post.
An extended period of extra time would delay the inevitable, a draw, in which neither side looked hungry enough to take all three points.
Andrew Marth’s side travel next to St. Albans Saints on Mothers Day, the 14th of May, where only three points will do for the embattled Knights.