Thursday, September 19, 2013
Gulls’ class shows after Combe went in front at Plainmoor
A battling Ilfracombe Town were knocked out of the St Lukes Cup by League Two Torquay United on Tuesday night.
Combe stunned the home side when they took the lead early on in the second half through Stan Paxton.
But that only served to awaken the beast as the Gulls hit back instantly with two goals of their own in the space of 90 seconds.
Ilfracombe held a good defensive shape in the first half to frustrate Torquay, and a huge shock could have been on the cards when Paxton steered the ball in at the near post to put Combe in front.
But within a matter of moments the game was level again, when a half-cleared ball fell at the feet of Damon Lathrope, who coolly slotted into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Frontman Daniel Sullivan then gave Torquay the lead with a fine effort from 20 yards.
Sullivan added a second as fitness started to become an issue for the visitors, and former Aston Villa winger Courtney Cameron made it 4-1 in the last ten minutes.
Combe hit the post in the final moments and can still hold their heads high after a determined performance against a Torquay side which included seven first-team players.
“It was a great experience for the players and the club,” said manager Ross Middleton. “They played a lot of first teamers and even (Torquay United manager) Alan Knill came down to sort them out at half time and take charge of the second half.
“The movement and touch from the pros was excellent but our shape was tremendous and the lads deserved the goal, we just ran out of legs in the end.”