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Monday, September 9, 2013
St Blazey 3-2 Ilfracombe Town (AET)
Ilfracombe Town will be ruing their missed opportunities as they were knocked out of the FA Cup after extra time away to St Blazey.
Combe were boosted by the return to fitness of Frank Paxton, Josh Heafield and Kevin Darch. Steve Holland also recovered after last week’s car crash on the way to the match and Stan Paxton was willing to battle through although not 100% fit, but that wasn’t enough to stop the visitors falling to a 3-2 defeat AET.
Combe dominated the first half and Stan Paxton eventually found the break through mid way through the half with a screamer; he swivelled and saw his right-footed shot blocked, but he followed up and smashed the ball into the bottom corner with his left.
The second half continued in much the same fashion until Blazey found an equalizer. A long ball over the top found their striker, who finished well to level the game up.
Combe hit back immediately as Stan Paxton jinked through two challenges before unleashing another unstoppable left foot strike.
The Bluebirds should have wrapped the game up as they squandered a host of other chances, and were made to pay for not doing so with five minutes to play.
St Blazey found a bit of FA Vase magic with a fantastic strike to equalise and send the tie into extra time.
Combe continued to create chances, but suffered a cruel blow when Liam Craze turned a cross into his own net to condemn the visitors to defeat.
“That’s the most painful defeat I’ve had since taking over as manager, no doubt about it,” said Ilfracombe manager Ross Middleton. “To lose in that manner and not even get a replay can be soul destroying, but the lads will bounce back.
“We’ve got no one to blame but ourselves, we dominated but never really got out of third gear, we should have pushed on and with the chances we created we should have won by five or six. I think they’ve had four shots on target in 120 minutes, so to lose with another OG is so cruel on the lads.”
Ilfracombe are on their travels again this week as they go to Cadbury Heath on Saturday and then to Torquay United on Tuesday in the St Lukes Bowl.