Cranbrook hoping to end run of home failures against Dunkeswell

PUBLISHED: 13:03 06 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:03 06 November 2018

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Cranbrook returned from their trip to Exeter to play Devon Yeoman with a richly deserved share of the spoils in a Macron League Division Five contest that ended 1-1.

Tal Donahue scored the goal that saw Cranbrook to the draw, something that had seemed unlikely when, already trailing 12-0, the home side were awarded a penalty, but the home side missed the spot kick and later in the game Donahue netted to ensure honours ended even.

The Cranbrook individual player honours went to right back Rory Waite who was a solid performer in a disciplined back line, but also got forward at every opportunity to lend his support to the attack.

Indeed, it was Waite who made a surging run that ended with him crossing the ball that the home glovesman fumbled and Donahue reacted quickest in a busy area to slam the ball home!

Cranbrook boss Jon Martin, speaking after the draw, said: “It was a tough game and both sides had chances to win it, but my opposite number (the Devon Yeoman boss) agreed post match that a draw was a fair result.

“In truth it was a scrappy affair, short on genuine quality, but there was plenty of endeavour and both sides worked hard to gain some sort of control.

“The chances count, at both ends, was high, but composure with a finish was lacking in both penalty areas! They are a decent outfit and I would say that they’re the best all-round side that we’ve played this season.

“Having said that, I must also add that returning home with a point from that contest was a very satisfying outcome.”

Next up for Cranbrook is a home game against a Dunkeswell Rovers side that have made a good start to the campaign.

Martin says: “They [Dunkeswell Rovers] have had some good results and I know they have some players that have stepped down from Premier football with Upottery and so they are going to present us with another tough challenge.”

He continued: “For our part, we are beginning to see our squad settle down now in terms of availability and, barring the couple of lads who remain on the long-term injury list, we are getting close to full strength on a weekly basis.”

One ‘fly I the ointment’ at Cranbrook is the fact that, tod ate this season, while the side remain unbeaten away fro home, they have yet to bank a single point in matches at their temporary home of Broadclyst.

Martin says: “It’s about time we put that particular statistic to be. I’d love to be in a position to ‘try something different’ – like hire a coach to drive the lads around to see if we cannot get them into the usual ‘away day’ mode, but that’s not going to happen so we’ll just have to get on with it and hope that our home fortunes change, starting with this Saturday’s game.”

Saturday’s game against Dunkeswell Rovers is being played at Broadclyst FC and kicks off at 2.15pm.

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