Ilfracombe in repeat of their Jekyll and Hyde act

17:09 11 December 2012

Ilfracombe town put in another Jekyll and Hyde performance away to Odd Down on Saturday resulting in a 3-2 loss.

Combe never got going in a lacklustre first half performance and were punished with two goals before the break by a strong Odd Down team.

Sandwiched in between, Combe created one golden opportunity, a free kick was hung up, Craig Allan out jumped the keeper and Edd Yeo’s volley was cleared off the line.

Combe came flying out of the blocks in the second half - the attackers started putting defenders under pressure, the midfield were biting into tackles and the back four looked more like the solid defence of a week earlier.

It didn’t take long to get the goal they deserved. After a succession of corners the ball found Tom Rossiter who crossed for Edd Yeo to head home his ninth of the season. Combe kept up the pressure and went in search of an equaliser, but both Karl Baggeley and Edd Yeo had good efforts thwarted by the keeper.

Just as it appeared it was only a matter of time before Combe scored they were hit with a killer blow as Odd Down made a rare break and a shot deflected off James Mayne wrong footed Steve Oliver for an own goal. Combe kept fighting and set up a frantic last five minutes, when substitute Steve Holland finished well to bring the score back to 3-2.

Manager Ross Middleton said: “The lads were livid with themselves at half time, I came into the changing rooms and a few of them were ripping shreds out of each other, which I love to see, it shows they care and want to win. Great credit to the team, as they came out fighting and were excellent in the second half. Their keeper made a couple of amazing saves and the own goal just sums up our luck. We’ll keep fighting though and the lads will be looking forward to another big test on Saturday, away to top of the league Brislington.”

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 18:37

Barum lost 2-0 to Bishops Cleeve in Division One South and West this afternoon (Saturday)

Read more
Tue, 16:30

Club chairman reveals plans for improvements at Mill Road after being awarded a ‘long awaited’ grant

Read more
Tue, 15:00

Barum ran in four tries in their National League Two South Game, but were on the wrong end of a 43-26 scoreline.

Read more
Tue, 14:30

Bideford played their first home match of the new Tribute South West One West season on Saturday.

Read more
Tue, 13:45

The club earned promotion from the C Division East via the playoffs in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League.

Read more
Tue, 12:45

Barnstaple Town got back to winning ways in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South and West at the weekend.

Read more
Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Robins beat Bishops Cleeve 2-1 in the Evo Stik Southern League Division One South and West clash at the Sports Ground.

Read more
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Teams from the police, fire and RNLI faced off to raise money for the lifeboat service.

Read more
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Robins drew 4-4 at Salisbury in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South and West

Read more
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

This week’s North Devon Gazete Football League round-up

Read more

Most Read Sport

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 11°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications