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Monday, September 2, 2013
Plymouth Parkway 4-1 Ilfracombe Town
Ilfracombe Town were knocked out of the FA cup by a slick and well organised Plymouth Parkway side on Saturday, suffering a 4-1 defeat.
It was always going to be a tough test for an inexperienced Combe side as they travelled to undefeated Peninsula Premier league side Plymouth Parkway, and so it proved as Parkway were simply too strong. Combe defended admirably but three goals in quick succession just before half time all but finished the cup tie.
The opening goal came in fortuitous circumstances, as Gary Skinner rushed out of defence and won a 50/50 tackle only to see the ball ricochet off a midfielder a set a Parkway attacker away to score on 36 minutes.
The home side smelt blood and extended their lead on 41 minutes before making it three goals in seven minutes on 43.
But the Bluebirds showed the sort of resilience and attitude that has made them so hard to beat in recent years in the second half, turning the flow of the game on its head completely.
Combe finally found a breakthrough midway through the half when Middleton swung in a corner kick and Lewis Ovey rose highest to score his first goal for the club. Parkway’s coolness on the ball was starting to waver and Combe had re-found their form.
But Ilfracombe’s resurgence was over when the home side got in on the break to put the game to bed.
“The best team on the day won,” said Ilfracombe player/manager Ross Middleton. “There’s never a good time to concede but the two right before half time absolutely killed us.
“Most teams would have wilted at half time but the lads are better than that, they really stepped up and played some excellent football.
“We gave them a fright in the second half and went down fighting which I’ll always expect from the team.
“We’ll take the positives from the second half into next Saturday when we have another tough away game.W finally don’t have a mid week match so a few can rest up and hopefully a few more will be back from injury to help us out.”
Ilfracombe travel to St Blazey in the FA Vase on Saturday, and fans can travel on the coach to watch the game. Contact Chairman Matt Hayne on 07816923221.