The Sheers made the short trip over to Camberley on Tuesday evening and having taken the lead in the first half, they once again conceded a late, late goal, losing 2-1 on our travels.
In truth, neither goalkeeper had too much to do over the ninety minutes. There was plenty of endeavour from both sides but a lack of quality in the final third at both ends saw very few clear cut chances. Both teams used the long throw at every opportunity but no real chances came from these.
Joe Barley did well early on for the visitors, getting down the right and firing in a cross that was blocked. Josh Dillon retrieved the ball and got a shot off, which again was blocked. Too many good openings for the Sheers petered out with crosses not beating the first man.
The opening goal came out of the blue on 35 minutes. Neat play down the right saw Dillon swing in a cross, left-footed, and Will Shaw arrived to plant a firm header into the bottom corner. 0-1.
Camberley stepped up a gear before half time. Botti got in down the right but his shot drifted wide. There was a penalty shout for handball just before the close of the half; the referee waved away protests. Andy Rider made a good save as he back-pedalled to tip over a cross from Wiltshire.
Sam Green went into the book early in the second half for a foul 25 yards out. The free-kick from Bottihit hit the wall and was cleared.
With Camberley attacking down the slope, it was proving difficult for the Sheers to gain any momentum, although Rider wasn’t being seriously tested. Botti again caused problems with his direct running and he saw another effort drift wide.
The pressure finally told on 71 minutes when a very similar goal levelled things up. A left wing cross was nodded home from close range by Hamblin.
Sheerwater tried to stay compact and a rare move forward saw Justin Davis beat two men before shooting but his effort went wide. Back down the other end, Rider saved comfortably from a Wheeler header.
As the game entered stoppage time a long ball forward from Camberley saw Sheerwater’s Cooper not deal with the ball and it gave Barrow the chance to drill a low shot past Rider from 18 yards.
The learning curve for the new look Sheers is proving a difficult one at the moment with points hard to come by. Michael Herbert and Darryl Jelly will continue to work hard on the training ground to hopefully find a way to start picking up some points.
SHEERWATER: Rider, Barley, Lofthouse-Smith, Cox, Green (Cooper 71'), Gritt, Cadete (Silveira 79'), Coen (Cleevely 88'), Edwin (Davis 71'), Dillon (Taylor 79'), Shaw