SENIOR division leaders Woolsery threw away a 3-0 lead and slipped to their first defeat since August on Saturday. Kevin Glover s young side romped to a commanding three-goal advantage just 25 minutes into their game at Shebbear United. But a remarkable f
SENIOR division leaders Woolsery threw away a 3-0 lead and slipped to their first defeat since August on Saturday.
Kevin Glover's young side romped to a commanding three-goal advantage just 25 minutes into their game at Shebbear United. But a remarkable first-half turnaround gave player-manager Ben Jenkinson and his men the confidence they needed to go on to win the match 4-3.
Tom Barton thumped Woolsery in front with an unstoppable 25-yard effort on 15 minutes. Right-winger Matt Lewis made it 2-0 on 18 minutes and quick on the counter as ever, Barton raced clear to put the third past a shell-shocked Shebby.
Heads were still bowed as the sides trudged back to the centre-circle but they began to lift when Greg Mitchell headed in a second almost immediately after the re-start. Five minutes before the break, they were on level terms again through Matt Facey and all of a sudden, it was game on again.
Having grown in confidence and belief, Shebbear came out strong in the first 15 minutes of the second half and were rewarded with what turned out to be the winning goal through Shaun Sluggett.
"It was an incredible turnaround," said Shebbear's Mike Edge. "I think I've been involved in defeats when we've been 3-0 up before but can't remember ever coming back from being 3-0 down to win a match 4-3.
"Woolsery are a good side and they had chances after we got back into the game but they couldn't quite list themselves."
Northam Lions remain in second place without kicking a ball and Pilton Academicals climbed to third in the table with a convincing but flattering 7-1 win against Torrington Reserves.
The Accies took a 3-0 half-time lead with goals by Matt Hunt, Carl Blair and Brendan Patton, who smashed home a far post left foot volley after Anthony Higgs found the scintilla of space he needed to dig out a deep, searching cross from the corner of the pitch.
Quyen Tran drove home the fourth from a free-kick after the break and a Higgs double and an own goal rounded off the scoring for the hosts, who took their chances well despite a below-par performance.
Tom Plows scored the consolation for Torrie after the injured Joe Robinson was unable to hold onto his speculative strike.
In a cracking Bideford derby at the Pollyfield centre, Park United were unlucky 3-2 losers in the game against Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves.
Despite good chances from Ben Hayne, Rob Ousley, Andy Thurlow and Kevin Buck, a mix-up in the Park defence provided Shammy with a 1-0 half-time lead through Chris Allan.
After the break, goals began flying in at both ends, Ousley levelling the scores for Park before right-back Steve Smale scored his first ever goal in five seasons at Shammy. Within minutes, things were all square when Buck headed home from a long Hayne throw-in but the hosts had the final say when Craig Russell scored the winner.
South Molton climbed two places in the table to eighth thanks to a 2-0 win at home to Combe Martin.
Despite a number of good chances for both sides, the game remained goalless with 10 minutes left to play until Chris Dent found the net for the Images. Substitute Tom Pulford added a second in the 88th minute.
Dale Sawyer scored two goals as Chittlehampton inflicted a fourth defeat in five on champions Braunton Reserves. Rob Murch was also on target for Chittle', while Sam Mitchell scored the consolation for Braunton.
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