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Soccer team allow opponent score after freak goal

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Enlightenment and good grace in football does exist, as can been seen by Boreham Wood's gracious gesture in their match against Havant & Waterlooville.

The Blue Square South team were playing away to Havant last weekend when with nine minutes left, and with Havant 1-up, the home side kicked the ball off the field to allow treatment to Wood's player Sam Pearce.

When the play finally restarted, Wood's Ali Chaaban received the ball from the resulting throw-in and kicked it back to the opposing goalkeeper from around the halfway line.

But there was a problem as Chaaban's pass back was completely missed by Hawks keeper Aaron Howe allowing it to sail into the net from the half way line.

The strike had levelled the scores, so the visitors immediately agreed that justice should be done and Havant's Wes Fogden was allowed to walk the ball upfield from the kick-off and kick it into the net as their opponents stood by.

Havant finished 2-1 winners, and Wood's manager Ian Allinson had no regrets about his decision.

He explained: "I doubt if Ali meant to blast home from 50 yards from the throw in, but we were left in no doubt that the correct thing to do was to allow Havant to walk the ball into the net from the restart."

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