Tett sets up own goal winner as Colaton Raleigh defeat Halwill
- Credit: Archant
Colaton Raleigh 3, Halwill 2 Seven weeks ago Colaton Raleigh were in the Division 2 drop zone, one place off the bottom, writes Ken Woodsford.
A fine run of form, including four away wins, coinciding with the firmer pitches, has seen Raleigh gain 24 points from their last eleven fixtures, and now have a good chance of a top five finish!
For this game with Halwill Raleigh boss Riki Pitter had only twelve players available, and, with no goalkeeper on duty, volunteered himself to be stand-in glovesman.
He was soon picking the ball out of the net, as Halwill settled quickly and scored after just five minutes, when the Raleigh defence failed to defend a corner.
A spell of pressure from the home team created several chances, before Mark Pavey headed in at the far post to equalise 1-1.
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The experienced visitors team were coping better with the blustery conditions.
It was no surprise when they regained their lead just before half time, when Raleigh failed to clear a cross from the left, leaving a simple tap in from three yards.
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With the second period only just underway, keeper Pitter injured his ankle and was forced to limp off, with Tony Cox taking over the gloves, and 16-year-old substitute Zak Harwood coming on left midfield.
Jake Boyland took on two defenders, before setting up Parr to head into the roof of the net on sixty three minutes, 2-2.
Raleigh grabbed the winner when Mark Tett drove in a hard low cross, and with Brett Newbery waiting to pounce, a Halwill defender trying to intercept, only succeeded in slicing the ball into his own net 3-2.
The Man of the Match accolade was shared between Jake Boyland, and Dan Corrick who were both outstanding.