Solomonow at the double in Popples cup win
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Newton Poppleford claimed a superb extra-time victory over East Devon neighbours Fluxton to book a berth in the next round of the Firewatch Devon Senior Cup.
The Popples, still buzzing from the 8-2 victory they had recorded seven days earlier to make Bill Slee Cup progress, made the worst possible start, falling behind as early as the fifth minute, succumbing to a log throw into the area and a tap in at the far post!
Thirty minutes into the contest interim manager Shepherd made a change putting Liam Liddel out on the left and bringing Jarek Solomonow into a more central midfield berth.
It paid instant dividends as a Solomonow strike cannoned back off the upright and fell invitingly to master marksman Liddel to level things up.
At the break Liddel, who had picked up a first half injury, made way for Stephen Craft.
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The second half was packed with action at both ends of the pitch. Matt Rasmussen had a number of opportunities to win it for Popples and, with five minutes of normal time remaining, Fluxton saw a shot strike the crossbar!
Popples made a flying start to extra-time and straight from the restart took the lead when a long ball from Matt Tett and a delightful flick-on by Matt Rasmussen saw the ball land at the feet of Craft and his sweet lobbed shot sailed over the glovesman and in!
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The lead lasted just two minutes as Fluxton hit back to make it 2-2.
In the second period of extra-time Popples’ Man of the Match Solomonow arrived at the far post to net following a header back into the area by Mark Hadley and then Solomonow curled a shot from the edge of the box into the top corner to put a polished seal on a 4-2 success.
Next up in the County Cup for Popples is a meeting with Honiton Town reserves.
This Saturday (September 19 the Popples entertain University.