Tuesday, March 19, 2013
WHILE most of the others were inactive due to the weather, Lynton and Lynmouth Reserves braved the conditions twice in two days, but without reward.
All looked well when they were 3-0 up at home to Buckland Brewer, with two penalties by Mark Bithell and a goal from Adam Harris and this they lead until half-time.
But Buckland started strongly in the second half and quickly pulled one back. Lynton found it increasingly difficult to keep the ball and their shape and ultimately paid the price. Buckland won a number of corners and their bigger side won nearly every header after some quality deliveries. At 3-3 Lynton had two great chances to win but couldn’t finish and it was Brewer who snatched it when their right midfielder went on a run unchallenged and pulled it back for their player to drive out of the mud and into the net.
Buckland Brewer were missing seven players due to injury and illness and were grateful to have Aiden Clarke pulling the strings up front and creating chances, but they failed to capitalise until after the break. Clarke struck twice and Ben Dooley unleashed a Didier Drogba-like header that made the scores level with 10 minutes to go. Calvin Marlow, who had played the first half in goal, scored his first goal for the club to rap up a hard fought victory .
At home to North Molton 3rds next day it was a case of deja vue for Lynton as they went down again 3-2 in a match that was switched to Bratton Fleming.
Lynton went in 1-0 up at half-time with a fine goal from 16-year-old Jasper Tucker and the lead was doubled early in the second half when Adam Harris scored.
A Molton substitution changed the game and they drew level with two goals in quick succession. The last 20 minutes was end to end stuff, with both sides guilty of wasting chances. But with five minutes to go it was Molton who took the points with a break-away goal.
Hartland Reserves gained a 4-1 result at home to South Molton Reserves with Dominic Allin hitting two goals, Tom Bridgwater and Paul Parker one apiece.
After a goalless opening half, six second-half goals still failed to separate Georgeham Reserves and Anchor Reserves.
Georgeham moved 2-0 ahead with goals by substitute Gary Wood and Ed Holmes, but then took their foot off the pedal and Anchor pulled back to 2-2. Wood hit another to put Georgeham ahead again, but back came Anchor with a late goal direct from a corner for a 3-3 result.