Newton Poppleford held by Axmouth in pre-season game

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Newton Poppleford began their pre-season campaign with an entertaining draw against Axmouth United in a midweek encounter, writes Jordan Cooper.

Newton Poppleford, formerly Colaton Raleigh, took the lead midway through the first half from Zak Harwood following good work from Mark Tett. Jake Boyland added a quick-fire second minutes later, firing low past the Axmouth ‘keeper.

With a two-goal advantage at the interval, spirits were high among the players, but the home side fought back in the second half.

Having only recently recruited enough players to field a side, lack of match fitness started to show amongst the Newton Pop players.

As the game moved into the final third Axmouth found the net following two successive corners.

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Both sides had chances to win it, but an even game played in good spirit ended 2-2.

Newton Poppleford are hoping to arrange one or two more games before getting the season underway at Elmore on August 24.

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