Cranbrook edged out of Devon Cup in North Devon

PUBLISHED: 10:35 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:35 21 September 2018

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Cranbrook went out of the Devon Intermediate Cup, beaten 2-1 at Bridgerule in North Devon.

Trailing 2-0 early in the second half, Cranbrook were back in the game when Dan MacDonald headed home a Ben Saxton cross.

However, try as they did, and they certainly did – having countless shots blocked - a second goal was not forthcoming.

Cranbrook boss Jon Martin said: “We were guilty of some sloppy play that allowed them to take a two goal lead. However, once we got our act together it was virtual one-way traffic! We had them pegged back deep in their half for almost the remainder of the game.

“Then, when we got one back I was sure we’d go on and get a second, but it was not to be, this despite us having what I counted as at least six goal-bound efforts blocked.”

He continued: “On reflection, we struggled as we were missing a number of key players. Fair play to the lads that pulled the shirts on, they gave their all.”

On Saturday (September 22) Cranbrook return to Macron League Division Five action and a home meeting with Willand-based Bravehearts (3pm).

Martin says: “They [Bravehearts] always cause us problems and despite dominating the game last season we ended up on the losing side Hopefully I’ll have maybe one back from injury, but it’s still going a be a side that’s missing one or two key players. These are currently tough times in terms of player availability.

“Already this season I have used 17 players in my squad and only five have played in all four games up until now!”

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