December 19 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 7, 2013
Bishop Sutton 2-0 Ilfracombe Town
Ilfracombe continued their season of inconsistency and dropped to second-bottom of the Toolstation Western League Premier division with a poor result on Saturday.
After becoming the first team to take points off undefeated Larkhall last week, Combe would have fancied their chances against bottom of the league Bishop Sutton, but in truth they didn’t do enough to deserve anything as they crashed to a 2-0 away defeat.
Both teams looked poor on a soft pitch but it was Sutton who looked the more dangerous throughout.
The Bluebirds paired Frank Paxton and Shaun Lewis up front in the absence of regular Stan Paxton. They looked like they could create chances in the early exchanges of the first half but couldn’t find the finish that was needed.
As the half wore on Sutton looked like they wanted it more, and they would have been in front but for a host of squandered opportunities.
The second half was much of the same, a lot of huffing and puffing without any real quality. Bishop Sutton debutant Joe Dakwa was the stand out player and in the end showed the extra bit of quality needed in a dour game.
With 20 minutes to go, he was found from a free kick and expertly headed in to the far corner off the inside of the post.
Ten minutes later, Dakwa finished the game, smashing home a loose ball from outside the box.
“We were simply poor,” said Ilfracombe manager Ross Middleton. “Not one part of the team did the job they were asked to and that’s disappointing.
“We were very good last week and not very good this and that’s simply a matter of attitude. We’re willing to run through brick walls for each other against the top teams and we need that same mentality against every team.
“We had Kane (Dryden) and Stan (Paxton) missing and they’re two players who really help the team tick but I felt we had enough quality to cover them so we really should have done better.
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up quickly because it doesn’t get any easier, we’ve got three more tough away games in a row and we want to take points from all of them.”
Ilfracombe continue to spend more time on the road than at home with tough trips to current league leaders Gillingham Town on Saturday, Buckland Athletic next Wednesday and undefeated Street the following Saturday.