A DEBUT goal by Giles Daniel was not enough for Appledore as they bowed out of the Throgmorton Cup at the first hurdle on Saturday. Daniel, who switched from North Devon Gazette League side Boca Seniors at the end of last season, took just eight minutes t
A DEBUT goal by Giles Daniel was not enough for Appledore as they bowed out of the Throgmorton Cup at the first hurdle on Saturday.
Daniel, who switched from North Devon Gazette League side Boca Seniors at the end of last season, took just eight minutes to find the net after coming on as a half-time substitute at Camelford.
The midfield powerhouse, who trained with the squad on Tuesday for the first time since recovering from injury, typified a galvanised Appledore side who came out fighting after going two goals down through Mark Gusterson before the break.
Gusterson scored his first from the spot and beat goalkeeper Jimmy Thorne to the ball to calmly slot home his second into a empty net.
While the Fishermen have made a good start in the South West Peninsula League Division One (East), Camelford, have also made good early running in the Western section.
And despite powerful second-half resistance from the visitors, they managed to score three more, including a brilliant overhead kick by hat-trick hero Gusterson, to make the final score 5-1.
While manager Geoff Copp was disappointed with the defeat, he took the positives from an early league cup exit.
"It's a difficult cup to win and you need to go a long, long way or it can ruin your season," he said.
"The competition can be a distraction and cause you fixture problems later in the season. I was disappointed to lose but it now gives us the chance to concentrate on our league position which is the number one challenge this season."
Copp also has a keen eye on his side's defence of the Devon Premier Cup, which begins at Exeter side St Martins in two weeks.
"I'd love to defend the Premier Cup but the tie could be a bit of a banana skin," he warned.
Round one of the Throgmorton Cup was not a happy place for Holsworthy either. The Magpies were beaten 3-0 at home by Eastern section leaders Teignmouth. Three goals 25 minutes into the match at Upcott Fields sealed Holsworthy's fate.
In the Premier Division, Witheridge were beaten 4-2 at mid-table St Blazey.
After a goalless first half, the hosts - without a win in three games - grabbed an early two-goal lead and made it 3-0 before Aaron Harper-Penman and Jake Crush pulled two back for Withy who came back fighting in the final 10 minutes.
The Cornishmen scored a fourth in the fifth minute of injury time.