Brixington United Under-14s so unfortunate not to share spoils with hosts Kentisbeare.
PUBLISHED: 09:23 28 November 2012
Kentisbeare 6, Brixington United 5
United Under-14s produced a battling performance to so nearly snatch a draw in an entertaining game.
The impressive Spike O’Connell raced clear of a square home back line to confidently lift the ball up and over the keeper to give United the lead. The advantage did not last long as a left wing raid ended with the Mid Devon side drawing level.
The hosts then took charge, scored three unanswered goals and led 4-1 at half-time.
It was United who began the second the brighter and the home advantage was cut to two goals when Lewis Masters scored with a crisp finish.
Back came the home side to regain a three goal advantage at 5-2. There was a big slice of good fortune for the hosts with the goal as it bounced kindly off an attacking player and past the unfortunate Jamie Waller in the United goal.
Strikes from Masters and then O’Connell turned the game on its head and now it looked as if United would complete a remarkable come back.
Then injury struck as Waller was injured when he bravely rushed from goal to deny an on-coming attacker. He limped out to be replaced by skipper Matthew Mottershead who was soon picking the ball out of the back of the net with his side now 6-4 down.
United refused to lie down and struck back with O’Connell completing his hat-trick to make it 6-5 with four minutes remaining.
They very nearly bagged a late equaliser, but were denied by a last-gasp block by a Kent’s defender in what proved to be the last meaningful action at either end.
Post match, as well as keeper Waller limping to his transport, so to did Tom Green. Ollie Morey was outstanding in central midfield and then later as a make-shift centre half for battling United.
United coach Ian Horne said: “We have got to stop conceding soft goals and giving teams an advantage. We always seem to wake up a little late, it happened again here after we took the lead with a splendid goal. That said, in testing conditions all the team put a shift in and we were not helped by injuries.”