It was the proverbial game of two halves as Nonthauri produced an exciting display of football after the break in this match to clinch one point and come agonisingly close to snatching a win.
The first half was not encouraging for the home side as BCC produced an organised and disciplined display of good teamwork and movement, scoring a very impressive - even if there was a deflection - goal about thirty minutes in. Eka were without Prasop, Sathit and Janewit who is now on loan at CRU. It showed.
The second 45 minutes was a very different tale as Eka came out fighting, producing excellent overlaps on both wings and some sharp diagonal passes to open up the BCC back line. Time and time again it looked like the goal would come, only for the last touch to go begging, or a late scramble from the visitors to hold out.
The goal finally came from number 28 in the dying minutes of the action, much to the delight of the large home crowd. Nonthaburi are now promoting themselves with local posters like this one and the effect is starting to show, crowds are a little bigger and the noise greater than ever. That effect seemed to give the players the spark they needed.
Credit to both sides for putting on a good game of football in this one. For Eka, it really is the same old story: the better side, more of the play over 90 minutes but screaming out for a sharp predator or a tall, heavy target man in the penalty box.
Still there are many positives to take - exciting and good football in the second half, an all round display of hard work and team spirit, good performances from players covering injured or suspended players and the nucleus of a good squad. If we can hold on to Prasop, Korawut, Sathit, Reece, Grant, get Janewit back from loan (or replace him) and keep one of our two very good goalkeepers then we only need to fill in the obvious attacking void in the side to make a damn good push for promotion next year. The spirit is clear to see in players and fans alike.
Man of the match:
Number 14, Chatpet who worked hard down the wing and showed excellent awareness for every attacking move. Another player who caught the eye was 19, Passakorn who produced a hard-working show replacing Janewit at centre-back.
Next game is away to Thanyaburi next weekend.