Beaten Beer sink to foot of Fresha top flight table
PUBLISHED: 08:55 16 September 2015 | UPDATED: 08:55 16 September 2015
Beer Albion’s disappointing start to their Premier League campaign continued when they went down 3-1 at Newtown, writes Mike Adkin,
The defeat leaves them propping up the table after their opening three games. The Fisherman couldn’t have got off to a worse start, when caught out in the first minute by a quick Newtown break down the left wing, the resulting ball into the box side footed past keeper Jones to make it 1-0.
Newtown doubled their lead in the thirteenth minute with a fine strike after some quick interplay through midfield, and were well on top at this stage with their defence easily winning the aerial battle.
However, as the first half wore on Beer started to see more of the ball, but it took until the 33rd minute for their first real attempt on goal, a good strike by Melville blocked by a defender.
Two excellent saves from Jones prevented further goals, but towards the end of the first half Beer’s Richard Walker was fortunate just to see yellow and not concede a penalty after pulling back a Newtown player, deemed by the referee to be just on the edge of the box.
The introduction of substitutes Sean Gould and Chris Bowles for the second half saw a big improvement in Beer’s competitiveness with much more possession, and almost brought a goal in the 49th minute, but Seth Wakely’s attempted lob of the keeper was a fraction too high. There were further good attempts from Wakely and Gould before Newtown re-asserted themselves as the second half wore on.
However, Beer got themselves back into the game with a goal on 77 minutes, a Sam Phillips cross into the box, and a delightful looped header from Walker giving the Newtown keeper no chance. But the home team continued to cause the Fishermen problems, and three minutes later made it 3-1 after an unchallenged run through midfield, the resulting shot taking a cruel deflection and wrong footing Jones in the Beer goal.
The Fishermen will hope to take heart from an improved second half display as they travel to local rivals Seaton Town this coming Saturday for the first of the season’s derby matches.
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