Ryan turns the tide

Joseph Bulmer

New signing Turner scores twice as Ilfracombe come from behind at Hallen

NEW signing Ryan Turner scored two debut goals as Ilfracombe Town came from 2-0 down to rescue a point at Hallen on Saturday.

In what turned out to be a managerial master stroke by Barry Yeo, the current Tiverton Town striker combined with fellow debutant Danny Tapp to rescue the Bluebirds in the Toolstation Western League Premier clash.

Tapp, who has joined from Cullompton Rangers featured alongside John O’ Donoghue from Holsworthy, a trio signed in midweek in response to ‘Combe’s crippling injury list that now includes Josh Heafield and Jon Vooght.

After play was stopped for 30 minutes while Hallen striker Ashley Bennett received medical attention for a suspected dislocated knee, the hosts took the lead when Andy Cook swivelled in the box and slotted the ball into the corner of the net.

Tom Collett increased the lead from the penalty spot before Turner threw his new side a lifeline just before the break.

Ross Middleton’s out-swinging corner was met by Neil Bettis, whose effort was parried to the perfectly-placed Turner.

‘Combe looked lively after the break but were unable to find an equaliser from a succession of corners and free kicks.

It eventually came six minutes from time when Tapp made a telling touch only to see the ball bounce back off the post to Turner, who burried the re-bound in what was a great debut game for the youngster.

In response to the club’s injury woes, manager Barry Yeo has appealed for a new physio to help out on match days. Anyone interested can contact Yeo on 07886 633948.

Barnstaple Town had two sent off in a 2-1 home defeat against Brislington.

Jamie Skinner and Ben Layland picked up two yellow cards each and were both sent to the dressing room within two minutes of one another on the hour mark.

Billy Hopcroft gave Barum a first half lead but the visitors had pulled in front by the break.

Hopcroft missed the chance to level from the spot in the second half when his penalty was saved.