Stunning late fightback
Lympstone FC 3, Colaton Raleigh FC 4
Colaton Raleigh produced a stunning late fightback, to score twice in the last 15 minutes to win this entertaining game against a strong Lympets outfit, writes Ken Woodsford.
At a wet and windy Lympstone pitch, the home team scored an early goal, when their centre forward was left one-on-one with Raleigh keeper Dec Lines.
The visitors replied with a brace from Adrian Parr, (one a penalty), to take Raleigh into a 2-1 half time lead.
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Lympstone started the second period much the sharper, and sloppy play from the away team saw the Lympets score two quick goals to go 3-2 ahead.
As is the Raleigh way, two midfield players were substituted, and two more forwards brought on. With pressure mounting on the hosts, Tony Cox sent in a cross from the left wing, which was fired into the net by Mark Pavey to level the scores at 3-3.
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Raleigh continued to attack, and with the referee looking at his watch, Player/Manager Riki Pitter collected the ball 35 yards out, and fired in an unstoppable screamer for the winning goal.
This Saturday, Colaton Raleigh first team travel to Upottery for a Division 3 league fixture ko 3pm.
In the Seaton Challenge Cup semi-final, Colaton Raleigh have drawn a plum home tie against premier division Budleigh Salterton, to be played Saturday, March 11.