Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Ilfracombe 0-5 Buckland Athletic
Ilfracombe Town were undone by an experienced and slick looking Buckland Athletic on Tuesday night.
Combe will again look to missed first half opportunities costing them as they were on the receiving end of a 5-0 score line.
Combe started with a back three of Craig Allan, Lewis Ovey and Manager Ross Middleton having to fill in at sweeper in the absence of both captain James Mayne and vice Captain Karl Baggeley.
They started the brighter of the two teams and created chances with some neat football.
But it was Buckland who made the breakthrough, capitalising on a defensive error on 40 minutes with a fine two-touch finish.
Then came a moment of madness as Craig Allan mistimed his headed back pass and dived in, giving away a penalty in trying to atone for his error.
It was 2-0 at half time and after being on top for much of the game the Bluebirds looked shell shocked.
Buckland’s quality shone through in the second half, moving the ball with purpose and producing two moments of genuine quality to kill the game off.
Combe didn’t give up and continued to create chances, but Buckland sealed the win with a far post header late on.
“It’s a baptism of fire for the new boys,” said Ilfracombe boss Ross Middleton. “They’ve probably learnt more in the first two games than they have in two or three seasons playing locally.
“I can’t argue with their desire or work rate, they’ll get better and better. You have to be realistic, the Western League is tough and Buckland have two or three ex pros playing in their team.
“That’s the level you’re up against, but I’ve got complete faith that when we have a few experienced players back in amongst the youngsters we’re more than capable of competing.”
The Bluebirds will be hoping to leave their league form behind travel to St Austell in the FA Cup on Saturday.