Football: Harnett sees red after handing Miners precious point
LEFT-BACK Jason Harnett makes no apologies for his Luis Suarez impression, which earned him a red card, but helped earn Holditch Miners their first point of the season.
Division Two's bottom side had lost eight on the spin before making a trip to Fulford United, and took the lead in the 85th minute through Nathan Eaves.
But Fulford hit back hard, and when they produced a header on target from a corner in the final minute, Harnett didn't think twice about throwing out a hand.
His efforts earned him a straight red card but, with so little time on the clock, a missed penalty would almost certainly have given Holditch an unexpected victory. The Liverpool supporter had seen Suarez, below, pull off something similar in the dying stages of a World Cup quarter-final match between Uruguay and Ghana.
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Suarez was the offender on that occasion.
The difference this time was that, whereas Asamoah Gyan had smacked Ghana's spot-kick against the bar to gift victory to the Uruguayans, Dan Bradbury buried Fulford's penalty to earn a 1-1 draw.
Harnett was unrepentant though.
"It was going in, but it was a shot only Peter Crouch could have stopped with his head; I had to reach out and sacrifice myself for the team," said the 23-year-old.
"I'm a Liverpool fan, but Suarez is a player-and-a-half for me. I was just hoping to get the same result.
"I put my head in my hands when the ball hit the net, but at least I'd given us a chance of getting a win. I ended up as man-of-the-match with a red card."
Holditch now have matches against The Clough and Bird in Hand as they continue their quest to get a first league win of the campaign on the board.
Harnett added: "We've been playing as well as we have in the past couple of seasons, but teams keep knocking one in at the end.
"We still keep turning up every week thinking we can get three points, and when we do get the right result it will be like winning the FA Cup."
Keele University continued their march towards the top of the table after they saw off AFC Thistleberry 4-0 with goals from Dion Calder, Ben Hunter, Aaron Battrawden and Jordan Grindod.
The students now sit second, two points behind Birches Head with two games in hand.
Porthill Park stay third in the Premier Division after being held to a 1-1 draw at Six Towns United.
Mark Holmes scored from the spot for Park, while Jordan Nottingham found the net for fifth-placed Six Towns.
Shamblers are sixth following a 2-0 win at Butt Lane White Star, when John Bailey and Tom Bisson scored either side of half-time.
In Division One, Shane Reaney got two for Adderley Green as they turned over Shamblers Reserves 4-1.
Dave Ottley and Nick Brown were also on the mark, after Adam Coulson had given Shamblers the lead.
Lee Summerfield hit a brace and Lee Sherman was also on the score-sheet as Goldenhill beat Chesterton 3-1 at home. Alex Gilson scored for the visitors.
Steve Jones and John Grice scored two apiece as Shamblers Vets ran out 8-1 winners over NSSC in the Veterans Division. Nick Coxon, Pete Marsh, John Reece and Darren Reaney also netted.
Newcastle Old Boys thrashed Wellington 4-0 thanks to Guy Martin (2), Steve Meakin and Mark Cotton.
Paul Harold's hat-trick helped Newcastle Old Boys to a 7-1 walloping of Caverswall Vets. Ant Cooper got two.