Banfield nets as Tipton St John bank first point of Fresha League season


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After gaining their first point of the season last week Tipton started this match in confident fashion and almost scored in the first minute when Hadyn Banfield flighted a fine free kick in from the left and Jake Freeman just missed with a header.

Both Teams then shared possession for the next twenty minutes with Cullompton going close twice.

After 22 minutes Nick Feeney saw his long range shot saved by the Cullompton keeper, who was to go on and have a big influence over the final result.

On 36 minutes Tipton again went close, when stand in striker, Kev Sexton was involved in some fine play on the left before laying the ball off to Banfield whose cross was inches out of reach of Matt Daley who would surely have scored had he made contact.

Tipton finally took the lead following more fine play from Sexton on the left before he passed infield to Banfield who beat a defender on the edge of the penalty area before calmly slotting the ball low past the keeper and into the net.

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Cullompton came out in determined mood and for the first twenty minutes of the second half dominated possession without creating too much of a threat, but their pressure finally told on 70 minutes when they breeched the Tipton defence to level.

Tipton responded immediately; two minutes later Jake Freeman went close with a shot inside the area from a cleverly taken free kick by Banfield.

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Tipton then started to dominate the game and the Cullompton keeper pulled off three excellent saves to foil them.

The first was on 80 minutes when Sexton hit a great shot which the keeper saved diving full length to his right.

The second six minutes later, when he again stopped a fine shot from Sexton.

The third save was a minute later when substitute, Mark Oke, made a fine break with the ball on the left before hitting a fierce shot which the keeper did well to save, to earn his side a hard earned point.

Tipton can consider themselves unlucky not to have clinched their first victory of the campaign after a fine all-round performance throughout the Team but Man of the Match honours for them went to midfielder Jake Freeman who won most balls in the midfield scrap but also filled in for the defence when needed.

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