Eastcote away on the first League date always looked like a tough proposition on paper for Wardy and Paddy's chums. The home side have finished consistently in the top three of the division for five years and missed promotion to Prem 2 by a whisker last season.
On the field Eastcote did not disappoint being combative and well organised and were ably controlled in midfield by their talented player coach. They gave every impression of being up for it. By contrast the 2's had suffered changes to the selected squad late in the week and were a little on the back foot as a result.
The 2's were slow to start - an increasingly irritating habit - and by the time they got into their stride Eastcote had taken a very early lead from a short corner. However the chums weathered further Eastcote incursions into their circle by dint of some resolute defending and a certain amount of luck - not least when a second Eastcote "goal" was disallowed by the officials.
At the back however Eastcote didn't look quite so competent and chances began to come the chums' way culminating in a deft drag flick from Toby Blong. Half time 1-1 and an opportunity to take stock.
The 2's decided on a higher press in the second half which worked well but yet again leaked an early goal before replying again with a second Blong effort. By now the game was end to end and very much in the balance. Eastcote smacked a penalty stroke against the post but then converted another shortie to lead 3-2 and may have thought they were home and dry.
However the chums were not to be denied and some exceptional approach work left inspirational (that's what he says) skipper Wardy with the opportunity to do what he does best and tap in from 6 inches to level up the game again. And that's how it ended.
A terrific all round performance from the entire side securing a point against a team who will clearly be there or thereabouts come next March. The 2's can be well pleased with their display and with one or two of the walking wounded expected back this week the chums are looking forward to the campaign.
Everyone played their part in an excellent team performance but there were outstanding displays from Robson at the back giving a passable impression of Custer at Little Big Horn and Charlie Lamb in midfield who had his best game so far this season.