Ethan Phillips Hat-trick..
The reserves continued there run of good form with a visit to Ivybridge.
We started the game well and dominated most of the possession, some swift passing and interchange play saw us open an early lead with James Richards opening the scoring. It wasn’t long to wait before more quick passing opened up the home side again for Ethan Phillips to score his first of the game.
With us looking threatening on every break and counter attack, it wasn’t long before Richards drove home a fine shot for his 2nd goal, and once again shortly followed by another fine goal from Phillips to make it 4-0 in no time!
Then came our moment of madness, and after James Richards had been punched of the ball, for a 2nd time, he turned and confronted the opposition player, with both players leaning in it seamed the Ivybridge came off slightly worse, and with the linesman seeing a head butt but no punch, Richards received his marching orders…
This though did not change the pattern of the game as we still dominated most of the first half, our only blot was a week defensive tackle aloud an Ivybridge winger to break and cross for a fine headed finish. Half time 1-4.
The 2nd half started badly for us as we conceded a poor goal fairly quickly through poor marking. This gave the home side a boost who started to play some direct football, and being a man light caused us a few problems. We still created chances, and played some good football, but could not convert to increase our cushion. With more pressure being exerted by the home team it wasn’t long before they had their 3rd, once again a deep ball and two untracked runners were happily waiting to turn the ball home to make it 3-4 and game on!!
We didn’t sit back though, and Jordan Bastin was fouled in the box, penalty given, and Phillips stepped up to tuck home a well deserved hat trick, and give us a slight cushion again! Unfortunately this didn’t last, as almost a carbon copy goal saw the home team again hit a deep ball where two unmarked runners again waited to tuck passed a stranded Wannell and make it 4-5, and a nervous end to the game.
Credit to Ivybridge who threw everything they had including the kitchen sink at us looking for an equaliser, but we stood strong and defended well to finish with the win.
It finished a very entertaining game for the spectators no doubt in the 2nd half, but if only we had kept 11 players on the pitch, maybe the score line would have been doubled with the way we were dominating the game. But that’s football, funny things happen, we take the points and look forward to our cup tie against an in form Exmouth Town side at home on Wednesday the 8th Feb. Should be a cracker!
Good luck to Ivybridge for the rest of the season!!