After the wet and miserable Saturday trip Stoke returned home for their first home game of the season on a fine bright evening and a local derby against rivals Brixham.
The first half saw a very cagey affair of little quality and both teams seemingly incapable of stringing any number of passes together. The only highlight of the half was what turned out to be the only goal of the game for the hosts to take the three points.
Other than a Nathan Hebbes effort coming back off a post the first half hour was far from memorable.
The only goal came after thirty four minutes when Shaun Bowden put in a deep cross from the right which found Robbie Bowker at the far post who headed home.
Just five minutes later and it could easily have been two, Nathan Hebbes sent in a shot from distance which took a deflection and the Brixham keeper Ryan Walton managed to just tip it round the post.
The second half was to be a much better performance and the hosts took control from the off and Tom Kelly had a volley slip just past the post.
Stoke kept pushing forward and Brixham were having trouble getting into the game and Liam Moseley found himself through one on one with the keeper only for the keeper to get there first.
Nathan Hebbes was giving the visitors all sorts of trouble down the left side and was getting the better of the defence time and again. On the hour a shot from Hebbes flew just over.
In the latter stages Stoke brought on both Adam Dyson and Dan Pagett for their debuts and both showed an ability to hold the ball up and create going forward and Dyson managed to flick a good chance goalwards only for the keeper to again tip it around the post.
Brixham created little other than the odd half chance and unlike Saturday Stoke held on for their first three points of the season.
Next up for Stoke are Budleigh on Saturday and Brixham can look forward to hosting Stoke next month in the first round of the cup.
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