Pitter’s half-time chat does the trick as Colaton Raleigh defeat Tigers.
PUBLISHED: 06:56 08 December 2011
Colaton Raleigh produced the perfect response to the previous week’s disappointment with a 3-0 success at Axminster Town Reserves in their latest Fresha League Division Three game.
The first forty five minutes saw Raleigh play a fine brand of passing football. However, a combination of wayward finishing and some determined defending by the opposition kept the score goalless through to the break.
At half-time Raleigh player manager Rikki Pitter championed his side to maintain their level of play but look for greater composure in the final third.
His team responded superbly, and, twelve minutes after the re-start, they went ahead when Tony Cox beat two defenders in a race to reach a through ball, before finishing in style, tucking the ball beyond the advancing Axminster keeper.
Ten minutes later a Ben Farrington cross was met at the far post by Damian
Armes, who headed the ball back for Neil Blake to volley into the roof of the
net to double the advantage.
Fittingly it was Pitter himself who scored the third and final goal with a fierce shot from the edge of the area that took a deflection before nestling in then bottom scorner of the net.
Tony Cox and Gary Dixon both put in big shifts for the Raleigh cause whilst centre backs Matt Tett and Neil Blake gave great protection to 16-year-old Raleigh keeper Dec Lines who was rarely troubled during the contest.