John Hunt came off the bench to score twice and rescue a point for the University of Sheffield Football Men’s 2s in their Northern 4B match as they drew 3-3 against Durham 2s at Norton.
The visitors went ahead in the 12th minute when a free kick from the right beat goalkeeper Alex Mooney at his near post.
Sheffield levelled through Alex Bradshaw. A ball down the left was controlled well by Jake Smith and his cross was begging for a finish that Bradshaw was able to apply. Without hesitation he swept home from inside the box on the half hour mark.
Bradshaw then had a chance to double his tally when he brought the ball down inside the box, but his shot on the turn was blazed narrowly over as the sides went into the break on level terms.
Sheffield 2s started the second half promisingly, with Bradshaw having yet another chance, but his acrobatic effort cleared the bar.
Durham then capitalised on a catalogue of defensive errors, culminating in a calamitous backpass, which allowed their striker to tap home into the empty net on the hour to regain their lead.
Durham extended the advantage shortly after when a midfielder waltzed his way around three players before rounding the keeper and sliding home.
But Sheffield refused to be put down and hit back in superb fashion, with it taking just two minutes for the comeback to be initiated.
The introduction of midfielder John Hunt rescued the game for Sheffield – his strike from range sailed past the keeper and put the Black and Golds back in the game just two minutes after Durham had scored their third.
With 12 minutes left on the clock, Hunt tried his luck again and this time it took a deflection to help it past the opposing keeper and draw Sheffield level again.
The Football Men’s 2s were able to prevent a third straight defeat and gain a reward for a promising display that could start to rebuild their season.