SAINTS SUPPORTERS 3 EFM 3<p>A last minute equalizer by Saints Supporters Dave Sainturan gave the Saints a scarcely deserved draw in Saturday's Steve Clark Trophy match at Clarence Park, but EFM can take heart from a performance that boded well for next season. In front of a healthy crowd, EFM had the best of the earlier challenges, but were unlucky to lose Ben Griffiths after just 3 minutes when he broke his metatarsal bone. After 8 minutes, the Saints took the lead when Gary Daines headed home unmarked from a corner.<p>That may have been the start of a rout, but EFM dug their heels in and played some of their best football of the season. Mark Pendred should have levelled when he was put through by Dave Ashley but scuffed his shot, while at the other end John Wilkins saved well from a shot by Paul Gibbs. An equalizer followed after twenty-five minutes when Dave Ashley shot home from close range after a crossfield pass by Mark Pendred. EFM had the best chances to score for the remainder of the first half, the best of them falling to Andy Cornish, who was put through on goal, but put the ball over the crossbar. <p>The half-time break brought changes from both sides, but anybody expecting EFM to roll over and die would have been disappointed. Ten minutes after the break, the Monkeyboys took the lead when Andy Cornish headed home via the underside of the crossbar from a Gary Roberts corner. Five minutes later Anthony Costello had a chance to double the lead, but he spooned Anthony Donnelly's cross over the goal from five yards out. At the other end, Wilkins made a good save with his legs from a shot by Martin Godfrey, and Paul Gibbs narrowly missed the top corner with an angled shot from twelve yards out. <p>Saints Supporters levelled again midway through the second half, when a cross to the far post resulted in an unmarked man at the far post heading back across goal. This time, Wilkinscould only parry the ball and Martin Godfrey shot home from close range. Still, however, EFM didn't fold, and fifteen minutes from time they retook the lead from the penalty spot. Ian King's thirty-five yard pass sent Dave Ashley through, and he was cynically brought down by Saints goalkeeper Philpott. Anthony Donnelly put the penalty into the bottom left-hand corner of the net. <p>With time running out for the Saints, EFM were forced onto the back foot. Even manager John Sherwood found time to give himself a run out, though the two minutes that he'd promised himself turned into ten including the injury time that was lavishly awarded by the referee. Deep into stoppage time, Sniffer Thorns conceded a free-kick just outside the penalty area. Dave Sainturan flicked home the header from it.<p>At 90 minutes, EFM were happy either to settle for the draw or to go straight to a penalty shoot-out, but were made to play extra-time. The match was abandoned as a draw five minutes into the first period when Saints' Scott Johnson unfortunately broke his ankle challenging for the ball. <p>In the end, a fair result... though Saints Supporters will doubtlessly feel that they underplayed. For EFM, however, it was a moral victory and an indicator that the days of being England's First Monkeyboys could soon be at an end.