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Cadbury Heath 1-1 Ilfracombe Town
Ilfracombe fought hard for a well deserved point away to Toolstation Western League Premier high-fliers Cadbury Heath on Saturday, coming from behind to draw 1-1.
Combe had a re-shuffle at the back with Craig Allan on holiday and James Mayne still unavailable through injury. Gary Skinner moved into the heart of the defence alongside Lewis Ovey and Josh Heafield slotted in at left back.
Ovey and Skinner were in stubborn form, winning their individual battles more often than not, but on the rare occasion they switched off Kurtis Parkin was on hand to sweep up or make a save.
Cadbury will feel they should have created more with a succession of balls into the box in the early exchanges but Combe could argue they had the clearest opening when Liam Craze unleashed a right foot strike from inside the box which the keeper saved well. Lewis Ovey couldn’t adjust his feet in time to finish from a corner when the keeper flapped at a punch and Steve Holland would have expected to do better when put clear from Stan Paxton’s flick on.
Cadbury’s pressure told early in the second half. While Combe were disputing a throw in decision, Cadbury were getting on with the game and a good cross was nodded in to put the home side in front.
The Bluebirds remained composed, and were finally rewarded in the closing stages when Craze’s corner was flicked on by Stan Paxton and Skinner turned it in off the bar at the far post.
There was still time for a Cadbury midfielder to be shown a straight red card after a frustrate lunge caught Holland just below the knee, leaving the referee a simple decision.
“I’m pleased for the lads, they deserved at least a point today,” said Ilfracombe manager Ross Middleton.
“It’s never an easy game here and they’re flying in the league so to go one down so early in the second half was tough but it shows the character we have in the changing room - the lads kept fighting and deserved the goal. The defence was tremendous but Gary Skinner stood out today and deserved his man of the match.”
Combe are away to Torquay United on Tuesday night in the St Lukes Bowl and travel to Bridport on Saturday in the league.