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    After a mixed weekend for yours truly-frustration in Hampshire followed by the contrast of a highly enjoyable day out with friends in deepest Cornwall(and not just because nine goals were scored!)-I faced the dilemma of either training it to Axminster or ambling across to my local club,both in effect meaningless fixtures.Ultimately,my troublesome ankle made the decision to pass on four twenty-five minute shifts by foot in favour of the somewhat easier task of two ten-minute versions a no-brainer-oh,and it was cheaper too!

    To be honest I was a tad apprehensive as I made my way to The Chronicles but when the game began I was soon put at ease,helped by Sam Chapman’s low angled shot finding the bottom right corner of the net after just seven minutes.The hosts responded well,although not having seen them score when in attendance either at home or away I feared the worst in this respect when they were initially foiled from doing so,principally by a header that struck the crossbar then a free-kick that was on its way to the right corner before the keeper seemingly got the feintest of touches,deflecting it on to the post.Fortunately on this occasion Ryan Moody was on hand to slot the rebound home to level the scores with half an hour played.

    The second half continued to be played in a positive manner by both teams,the only surprise that we had to wait until the seventy-fifth minute before the net was found for a third time,the referee spotting a blatant handball in the area.Geoff Breslan’s penalty was saved well by Jack McAndrews to his left but he was left helpless as Teign’s number five,possibly through annoyance at having missed from twelve yards,emphatically slammed it into the net from a closer distance.The former Exeter City man was probably even more irate five minutes later as another handling offence was considered deliberate enough to hand Alphington the chance to level matters once more,one that Luke White accepted with aplomb.

    Ever the pessimist,I sensed that the remainder of the contest would be played out tamely but not so,both teams going all out for a winner that never came,a share of the spoils a fair outcome as both deserved something from a game that did credit to both clubs.I was extremely pleased to have been here tonight.

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