Torridgeside’s win over Appledore was ‘one of the best’ for Barry Paine

PUBLISHED: 09:09 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:09 19 April 2017

Torridgeside v Appledore in Division One East of the South West Peninsula League. Picture: Matt Smart

Torridgeside v Appledore in Division One East of the South West Peninsula League. Picture: Matt Smart

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Coaches react to Good Friday derby, which saw Torridgeside beat Appledore 1-0

Torridgeside manager Barry Paine said his side’s Good Friday derby victory was one of their best performances of the season.

T-Side beat Appledore 1-0 in front of a bumper crowd of more than 200 at Donnacroft.

Ollie Kenneally followed-up his saved penalty to place the ball into the net with less than 10 minutes remaining.

It was a game of few chances for both sides, but, for Paine, the result was a fair one.

“I think we deserved it, though: we were the better team over the 90 minutes,” he said.

“We had the most shots and probably the most possession and we created the most opportunities, so to get the 1-0 victory was fully deserved.

“Our guys worked their socks off. Considering we had three or four players out, the ones who came in were absolutely superb.

“Man for man it was one of the best performances we’ve had all season.

“Credit to them because they’re a good team, there’s no doubt about that, so we knew we were going to be in for a hard match today and we had to match them.

“We’ve had a tough time over the last few weeks and we’ve beaten our local rivals 1-0 in front of a great crowd.”

Appledore were dealt a blow inside the first 10 minutes when Brian Levien limped off.

Manager Keith Shapland said his side struggled to get a foothold on the game after that.

“I’m disappointed with the final score and a little disappointed with the way the game went,” he said.

“There was very little football played.

“They came in with a game plan to take Brian Levien out of the game, which they did in the first five minutes.

“It wasn’t a foul and I must make that clear, but it was a big blow to us to lose him early on.

“I won’t say we didn’t recover, but we found it difficult to get a foothold on the game.

“I said at half-time I felt a mistake or a bit of luck might swing the game and so it was. We made the stupid mistake of committing a foul in the box and we’ve paid the price for it.”

Appledore play title-challengers Stoke Gabriel on Saturday as they look to secure a top three finish.

In Division One West, Holsworthy’s derby with Bude ended with a 3-3 draw.

Dean Chidley chipped in with two goals and Adam Smith added.

In the Premier, Witheridge suffered defeats on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

They were beaten 5-0 by Tiverton Town on Friday, and lost 6-0 to Falmouth Town on Monday afternoon.

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