Monday, September 30, 2013
Ilfracombe 1-1 Larkhall Athletic
Ilfracombe celebrated their reunion on Saturday by taking a point from league leaders Larkhall Athletic in front of a bumper crowd of 148.
Dozens of former players and board members came out to watch Combe draw 1-1 in an entertaining game which both sides had chances to win.
The Bluebirds had to hold on for long periods of the first half but defended their box very well until a Larkhall attacker got clear and rounded Kurtis Parkin in the Ilfracombe goal only to hit the post five minutes before the break.
Combe player/manger Ross Middleton was forced to go off at the break with a suspected broken nose and a quad problem after a combative midfield display in the first half.
Larkhall again hit the post before Kane Dryden won the ball up the pitch and slotted it through to Stan Paxton, who ran clear and calmly placed it under the keeper to put the home side ahead.
But the lead was almost relinquished just seconds later when Larkhall found space and played the ball across, only to see the ball brilliantly cleared off the line by Gary Skinner.
And within a couple of minutes more good play from the league leaders led to another good chance which this time was dispatched into the bottom corner to level the game again.
Both sides continued to press for a winner but Combe will be happy with a point to end a run of four defeats in five games.
The Bluebirds travel to Bishop Sutton on Saturday.