September 28, 2018 at 10:07 pm #16797
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Newton Abbot Spurs 0 Stoke Gabriel 1
This was a game which promised goals what with Spurs conceding nine in their last game albeit against Premier opposition and Stoke scored nine in their last league game. Having said that the game proved to be a totally unexpected affair with in the end only one goal deciding the points.
The game started at a fast pace with Stoke starting on the front foot but it was the hosts who had the first chance of the game when Dom Aplin had to save low at the post from a corner.
Stoke proceeded to dominate possession and Spurs were resolute in their defending in a determined effort to keep the game tight.
Stoke were finding it difficult to break down the hosts back line despite all their efforts though a shot on the turn from Adam Dyson from a good save from the keeper to tip over the bar.
The talking point of the first half came on twenty minutes when Spurs thought they had taken the lead. Everyone seemed to stop thinking there was an offside but no whistle came. Spurs walked the ball in to the net before the referee decided to concur with everyone else and give the offside.
Dean Stevens who would have been in the starting line up for Stoke was delayed getting back from Cornwall but had arrived for the start of the second half and was on the bench waiting for his time to come on.
The visitors continued to dominate possession and Spurs were using every opportunity to break up play and slow the game down.
Stevens came on just before the hour mark for Ollie Aplin and it was to prove to be.the key change.
The key moment came on seventy five minutes when after a penalty area scramble the keeper picked up the ball only to be penalised for it being a back pass. So Stoke had a free kick six yards out with ten Spurs players on the goal line.
Danny Gaze touched it to the side for Dean Stevens to blast into the back of the net.
Spurs tried to open up their play for the remaining minutes but to no avail as Stoke held out for the points with little difficulty.
While Stoke must have hoped for a much more comfortable evening they would be pleased with the points and Spurs should congratulate themselves on their defensive performance.
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