Bumper crowd watch Torridgeside lift the trophy on Mayfair day.
Torridgeside came from behind to secure the Torridge Cup last night (Thursday).
In front of a bumper Mayfair crowd, T-Side battled back from a goal down to beat Park United 2-1 at Torrington’s Vicarage Field and lift the historic trophy in front of a wealth of supporters.
Ryan Davies and Marc Bettis scored in the second half after Steve Skinner gave Park the lead after 25 minutes.
Skinner’s goal brought the game to life after an opening period which saw both teams trying to size each other up.
His strike from the edge of the penalty area was a sweet one, travelling past a line of defenders and stopping in keeper James Greenaway’s left corner.
At the time it was a goal they deserved on balance, having enjoyed more possession in the Torridgeside half and built a degree of pressure from set pieces.
But that goal also woke Torridgeside up, and before half-time Bettis and his brother Neil had both had chances to score and Nathan Walter had a shot parried by Tyler Yarde.
Their breakthrough came four minutes into the second half.
With Park clearing their lines the ball looped up to a waiting Davies, who made no mistake with a volley from the edge of the box that was not going to be stopped.
Ten minutes later Torridgeside were in the lead. Bettis, who had plenty of chances up to that point, scored with one of his tamer efforts. Yarde, a minute after a fantastic save, misjudged the striker’s effort and saw the ball trickle into the net behind him.
Speaking after the game, Torridgeside manager Barry Paine said: “They were the better team first half. They didn’t create hundreds of chances but they did look dangerous from set pieces. We kept giving away silly free kicks and that’s what put us under pressure in the first half.
“In the second half the wind helped us a bit and it allowed us to press much further up the pitch and win the ball.
“We had four or five really good chances to score and didn’t take them. We were a bit fortunate with the one we got the winner with, because there was a bit of a mistake, but we’ll take it.
“Ryan’s goal couldn’t have been better, to start the half off with a high tempo, it was a great little finish as well.”