MANAGER Barry Yeo led a late comeback charge for Ilfracombe Town in the final minutes of the match against Corsham Town on Saturday. Yeo, making a rare appearance from the substitute bench, pulled back an injury time goal as the Bluebirds headed to toward
MANAGER Barry Yeo led a late comeback charge for Ilfracombe Town in the final minutes of the match against Corsham Town on Saturday.
Yeo, making a rare appearance from the substitute bench, pulled back an injury time goal as the Bluebirds headed to towards their first league defeat of the season.
But the goal proved to be only a consolation as 'Combe were beaten 2-1 by last season's Premier Division strugglers.
With Ross Middleton, Darren Parish and Marc Bettiss on the injury list, and Robbie Gough and Mark Gilfillan unavailable, Ifracombe travelled to Wiltshire with just 13 players including Yeo.
They got off to a bad start when Dan King scored the afternoon's opening goal inside 10 minutes.
Chances for strike partners Shaun Lewis and Leon Taswell were few and far between in the first half. Instead, any time the visitors did make inroads into the Corsham half, the ball soon found its way back in to their final third.
Minutes into the second half, Karl Baggaley replaced the injured Jon Vooght at left back but the switch had little impact on 'Combe's ability to press their opponents.
With 10 minutes to play, King doubled the deficit and Yeo's late show up front was too little too late.
Ilfracombe are at home to Willand Rovers on Saturday.
Barnstaple Town missed their chance to top the Toolstation table when they slipped to a disappointing 4-2 defeat at home to promoted Odd Down on Saturday.
Things looked promising when Stan Paxton opened for Barum in front of 115 spectators at Mill Road. But Jamie Taylor and Robert Hobbs scored either side of the break for the Bath side, who looked by far the better team in the opening exchanges of the half.
Ten minutes later, Ricky Marinaro drove a beautifully-placed free-kick into the top corner of the goal at the rugby ground end. The effort remained wrapped in the stanchions to the delight of the home support.
By this stage, Town were actually threatening to come out and win the game but with no further goals to show for their efforts, went behind again through Taylor's second strike and an injury time goal by Steve Machin.
Barnstaple are at home to Radstock Town in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase on Saturday.