Stoke go top ahead of El­more af­ter Tor­rid­ge­side draw

CARLS­BERG SOUTH WEST PENIN­SULA LEAGUE

Herald Express - - Marketplace - BY LEE HALL

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.

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