Stoke go top ahead of Elmore after Torridgeside draw
CARLSBERG SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE
ONE point from their 2-2 draw at Torridgeside was enough to see Stoke Gabriel overtake Elmore at the top of the Peninsula League Division One East table at the weekend.
But they had to do it the hard way after fighting back from two goals down to earn what could prove a valuable point in this season’s title race.
Torridgeside went into the game in the midst of a seven-game winning run in the league while Stoke had won their previous three.
Torridgeside opened the scoring through Marc Bettiss and Stoke fell further behind when Shaun Copp fired home.
However, Stoke scored twice in five minutes courtesy of goals from Frazer Clark and Dave Worthington to snatch a draw.
Stoke boss Nick Milton admitted: “When we went 2-0 down I thought it was going to be one of those days.
“We created a lot of chances but went in at half-time 0-0. They caught us on the counter attack in the second half and suddenly we found ourselves 2-0 down.
“We changed things a little, got back into the game and in the end it was a very good point up there.
“It’s nice to be on top of the pile but I’d prefer it if we were there in May!
“We have a squad full of ability, it’s a real challenge keeping everyone happy, but it’s all good at the moment.”
Liverton United’s long wait for their first points of the season is finally over after a 3-3 draw at home to Appledore.
Liverton took the lead on three minutes, before Appledore drew level.
Chris Newnham then restored the home lead before Ben Whitecross equalised in the 63rd minute.
Liverton then regained the lead through Simon Ross, but they were denied a first league win of the season when Keith Shapland struck the equaliser.
Newton Abbot Spurs had to settle for a point after they were held to a 3-3 draw at home to Ilfracombe Town at the week- end. Neil Last, Jon Holding and Dom Osborne grabbed the goals for Spurs, with Ben Montague (two) and Alfie Moulden on target for Ilfracombe.
Waldon Athletic picked up their fifth win of the season after easing to a 3-0 victory at home to Honiton Town.
Josh Mason scored twice for the hosts with Brian Doughty also on target in what was a thoroughly deserved victory for Athletic.