Colaton Raleigh book Bill Slee Cup final berth with Halwill victory.
PUBLISHED: 16:41 02 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:41 02 April 2013
Halwill 1, Colaton Raleigh 2
Colaton Raleigh powered their way into the final of the Bill Slee Cup with a superb second half performance.
Playing on a sticky surface and trailing 1-0 at the break, Riki Pitter’s team turned up the tempo in the second half to fully deserve the win.
Mark Pavey and Ben Farrington were the goal scorers, but this was a terrific team effort.
A delighted Pitter said: “All the lads were excellent throughout. They really did work their socks off. My players just love cup fixtures and, of course, getting to cup finals! Halwill are a very good team, even better on their own pitch, but we were really up for the game and in the end wanted to win more than they did.”
Colaton Raleigh team: D Lines, B Farrington, A Howe, B Squance, Matt Tett, B Newbery, T Cox, R Pitter, Mark Tett, M Pavey, J Boyland, D Corrick, B Blackwood.
In their earlier Easter weekend game Colaton Raleigh felt the full force of a powerful Elmore outfit at Horsdon Park where they went down 5-0.
Raleigh were at their best during the first forty five minutes when slick incisive passing and movement cut the Elmore defence to shreds time and again.
However, no fewer than four glorious close range chances together with a penalty, were spurned whilst the home side, with their only shot on target in the first 45 minutes, a penalty, took a 1-0 lead into the break.
The second half was a different story as Raleigh were made to rue their indecisive finishing.
Elmore made it 2-0 after sixty five minutes. Raleigh were then reduced to ten men when Adrian Parr was sent off, and conceded three more late goals to the powerful Tiverton-based outfit.