A goal in either half condemns Beer Albion to home defeat against Heavitree United

Beer Albion at home to Budleigh. Ref mhsp 14 19TI 0956. Picture: Terry Ife

Beer Albion at home to Budleigh. Ref mhsp 14 19TI 0956. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Beer Albion lost 2-0 to Heavitree United in their penultimate home game and an 11th place finish is the best that can be hoped for after a disappointing season writes Mike Adkin.

The Macron Devon & Exeter Premier Division game was a typical end of season affair, although the Heavies were well worth their victory.

Beer never really looked like taking control of the game at any time through the 90 minutes.

The Fisherman had an early chance in the third minute from a free kick ten yards outside the box but a Chris Long piledriver was well blocked by the defensive wall.

The visitors saw most of the ball through the first half hour, slightly favoured by the windy conditions and struck the Beer crossbar in the 19th minute.

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They then went ahead on 30 minutes when Sam Ord latched onto a through ball 30 yards out, running unchallenged towards the penalty area before unleashing an unstoppable left foot shot into the top left of Elliot Driver’s goal.

Heavitree continued to have the better chances of the half and would have made things 2-0 on 34 minutes if not for a great block from close range by Driver.

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Into the second half, the Fishermen had a great chance to even things up on 60 minutes when Max Richardson’s driven ball across the visitor’s penalty area just evaded the left boot of Chris Long.

However, Heavitree continued to threaten and were aggrieved not to go further ahead on 72 minutes when a shot was judged not to have fully crossed Driver’s goal line.

With five minutes to go, the visitors put the game to bed when the ball was nodded into the Beer net from an unchallenged corner. On a positive note, several reserve players featured in the Fishermen’s line up and all equipped themselves well at the higher lever, especially Fraser Beament in central defence who was singled out by match sponsor Fred Hansford Ltd as pick of the Beer players.

For the Heavies, veteran defender Stuart Francis caught the sponsors’ eye, but Sam West worked hard throughout the game, controlling midfield and was rightly awarded man of the match.

Exwick Villa are the opponents for the Fishermen’s 1st’s final home game next Saturday, with the visitors looking for a win to seal the league title.

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