Colaton Raleigh player-boss Pitter nets winner as villagers lift the Seaton Challenge Cup
PUBLISHED: 16:50 29 May 2012 | UPDATED: 07:03 31 May 2012
Colaton Raleigh 3, Seaton Town 2
The celebrations ran long into Saturday night at Colaton Raleigh after the team lifted the Seaton Challenge Cup.
Such was the Colaton Raleigh dominance in the contest that had Seaton keeper Dan Stapleton not been on his best form, the margin of victory would surely have been far greater.
Raleigh made a flying start and were ahead from an early penalty from Adrian Parr, awarded when player-boss Rikki Pitter was felled.
The game became one of end-to-end action. Parr saw a shot zip just wide before Jake Boyland outpaced two defenders only to see Stapleton keep his effort out. Seaton responded and Raleigh keeper Liam Keast was forced to come and gather a number of high crosses, something he did with real confidence.
Seaton finished the first half strongly and, shortly after rattling the cross bar they levelled with a well struck free-kick to head into half-time with the game poised at 1-1.
From the re-start Raleigh took the initiative and were rewarded for their industry when Parr shrugged off a challenge before lobbing Stapleton and putting his side 2-1 up.
Raleigh then turned up then tempo. Damo Armes fired in a ferocious thirty-yard strike which drew a sensational save from Stapleton,
who then flung himself full length to keep out a goal bound volley from Parr. Jake Boyland, Riki Pitter and Ben Farrington all saw efforts fly just wide when well placed.
With fifteen minutes remaining Seaton again levelled with a header from a corner.
Both teams now went full-tilt for a winner. One ‘concerned’ spectator was Fresha League Secretary Chris Davey who had a table booked for 8.30pm at the Ship Inn in Axmouth and extra-time would put paid to that idea!
Davey was spared a phone-call when, in the final minute, Rikki Pitter scored the winner.
Receiving the ball eight yards out he neatly chested the ball down before volleying home
Pitter and his assistant Cliff Cooper were understandably thrilled with their
team’s performance. Pitter said: “The lads were all outstanding, they were a pleasure to play alongside. I just told them to go out and have fun. Josh (Seaton boss Josh Stunell) and his excellent team have had a fantastic season, but on the day we were the better side, and thoroughly deserved to win”.
Raleigh skipper Neil Blake was named the Man of the Match and took home The Chairman’s Cup.
Post match the Colaton Raleigh players dedicated the success in memory of their manager’s grandmother, who sadly died a number of weeks before the Club’s very special day.