Perhaps inspired by underdogs like Denmark and Croatia in Euro 2012, Davidson & Co. Dynamite salvaged a 1-1 draw with the mighty North Enderby Timber Wednesday night at Marshall Field #2.
The eighth-place Nitros improved to 2-4-2, while the second-place Timber went to 5-2-1 in the North Okanagan Soccer League.
A defensive miscue led to Davidson taking the lead early in second half. Veteran defender Andy Stein tried to play the ball back to replacement keeper Brent Poulsen and headed it by Poulsen. Seb Leck had started the play with a shot for the Nitros.
Harminder Sandhu replied for NET about 15 minutes later, bringing down a 40-yard cross inside the box and, showing a calm demeanor, slotted the ball home nicely to the right side.
NET controlled the majority of the play but was unable to get any more past Davidson keeper Ean Ross, who recorded a fabulous save on a two-man breakaway.
Bryce Marshall was Libra Video Man of the Match for the Timber.
“He only played in the second half, but slowed the overall game down, making smart simple plays to control the midfield,” said NET veteran Graham Ross.
In other NOSL action Wednesday night, Monashee Surveying and Vernon Hi-Pro Sports Camels battled to a 1-1 draw at Marshall #2.
The Camels used their youth, twisting and turning to create lots of action. Monashee, however, struck first on a great passing effort with star rookie Daniel Lustsenko finishing on a ball left for the taking on the top of the six.
The Humpbacks (3-3-2) pushed back, keeping Monashee pinned in their own end. A ball popped out to open midfielder John Pfaffenrot, whose 25-yard strike caught stand-in keeper Darren Nobrega off his line for the equalizer.
Monashee (3-2-3) just fell short of the go-ahead marker in the final minute of play on a goal-line rush. Stingy defence by both clubs limited the scoring chances.
Two games scheduled for Salmon Arm were postponed due to field closures.